OAKLAND – Amtrak has announced the appointment of District Superintendent Kurt Laird as General Superintendent of the Pacific Northwest Division.
“This newly created position will strengthen our relationship with Washington and Oregon, states that have been ardent supporters of passenger rail and where there are tremendous opportunities for growth,” said President and CEO Joe Boardman.
This division was not previously under the management of a General Superintendent. The creation of this position reflects Amtrak’s commitment to being more responsive to the needs of state and commuter partners and to the communities Amtrak serves.
Chief Operating Officer William Crosbie cited Laird’s strong relationship with partners, business acumen and a ground-level understanding of good customer service as the qualities that make him best suited for the job. Laird will oversee all transportation and mechanical operations, including maintenance of the Talgo equipment, the Amtrak Cascades service, and the Sounder commuter contract.
Laird joined Amtrak in 1977 and has served as the District Superintendent of the Pacific Northwest District since 2002. He began his railroad career in 1974 as a trackman and then several years as an on board services crew member.