October 22nd, 2020

Former Transit manager named to Hall of Fame

By Mabell, Dave on November 29, 2019.

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Lethbridge has a new “Hall of Fame” member.

Retired Lethbridge Transit manager John King has also been presented a “lifetime achievement award” by the Canadian Urban Transit Association.

And he was recently inducted into the organization’s “Hall of Fame.”

King is credited with introducing double-decker buses to communities British Columbia, as well as for his longtime involvement in the national organization including a term as chair of its board of directors. In retirement, he has continued to serve as a consultant to a number of transit operations.

“It is a credit to the City, I think, that one of the City of Lethbridge’s employees has received such national recognition,” King says.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as transit manager here.”

King’s transit career developed over 40 years, beginning as planning and development engineer at Saskatoon Transit, later becoming its manager.

After moving to Victoria, he was named vice-president for operations for B.C. Transit. In Lethbridge, he introduced service levels that were adopted by city council as a platform on which transit investments would be made.

The national organization’s citation recognizes King’s role in changing its vision “from a transit focus to an urban mobility focus.”

As an educator and trainer with the transit association, it points out, King also developed and taught courses on asset management, labour relations and “Moving People – How Transit Works.”

As a consultant, he also worked on many system reviews that included long-term service plans and the development of preventative maintenance programs.

“John has been a mentor to many, inspiring others in the industry to develop their own transit career,” the organization’s leaders add. “There are few people in the industry who don’t know John and his love of transit.”

The William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement award is presented to an individual “with exceptional involvement in the promotion and practice of public transit in Canada.” It recognizes “the outstanding and consistent effort of a transit employee/advocate for a minimum of 25 years of service who, through their dedication and commitment, has led to the advancement and betterment of the public transit industry as a whole.”

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