TransLink to save $2.6 million a year in headquarter's move

Burnaby's TransLink headquarters is going to New Westminster

TransLink is moving its headquarters from Burnaby to New Westminster this summer, which will combine three head offices and save $2.6 million a year.

Derek Zabel, of TransLink's media relations, said TransLink's, the Transit Police's and Coast Mountain Bus Company's head offices will combine at the new Sapperton location in New Westminster on June 1.

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The new building's lease will be $1.7 million a year, including operating costs, which will save a total of $2.6 million a year when TransLink officially occupies the new site, according to Zabel.

TransLink's head office is currently stretched over five floors at one of Metrotown's office towers near the SkyTrain station. The lease for the site ended and TransLink had to move because of a competitive solicitor.

"Our business needs changed," he added. "We needed a facility to meet our needs in the long-term. ... The move made sense."

Zabel said TransLink went through the proper RFP process and the location in Sapperton was deemed the best solution.

The downside might be for employees who have to travel further, Zabel noted, but the new location has rapid transit close by.

"There will be a lot more collaboration between departments," he said. "There'll be an increase in productivity. People will get to know one another, as well."

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