Toronto’s Metrolinx names new CEO

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Phil Verster
TORONTO — The board of directors at Toronto’s Metrolinx have appointed Phil Verster as the agency’s new president and CEO. Verster, an overseas rail veteran, has spent the last decade managing rail operations and infrastructure projects in England, Scotland, and Ireland.

He most recently served as a managing director of Britain’s Network Rail and has been a key leader in Scotland’s ScotRail Alliance project. He has also been working on the East-West Railway, a new rail line linking Britain’s high tech corridor between Oxford and Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

During his tenure at ScotRail, Verster managed the delivery of a $3 billion electrification of the Scottish railroad.

Metrolinx management believe Verster’s leadership at the agency will help advance its commitment to expanding its rail network and boost its infrastructure. The agency is currently implementing a $34 billion project to expand GO Transit commuter rail service, add new light rail lines, and electrify portions of its rail system.

It is the single biggest rail investment in Ontario’s history.

“I am very excited about joining the team of dedicated women and men at Metrolinx, and to be part of one of the most existing transit transformations taking place anywhere in the world,” says Verster.

Verster’s first day at Metrolinx will be Oct. 1.

See the news release online.

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