New Amtrak Board Members Recognize America’s Railroad is Key to Future of Passenger Rail

WASHINGTON – The three newest members of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak, and its national network of high-speed and intercity passenger trains, are key to the future of passenger rail transportation in America.

Anthony R. Coscia, Bert DiClemente and Jeff Moreland were nominated by President Obama and recently confirmed by the United States Senate. They are expected to soon assume their new responsibilities guiding and overseeing America’s railroad.

“We welcome our newest board members with confidence they will contribute their considerable knowledge and experience to advance Amtrak’s growth strategy and efforts to make the nation’s railroad safer, greener, and healthier,” said Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper.

“I am excited about serving as an Amtrak director because I strongly believe that a vibrant, competitive, and comprehensive passenger rail system is a critical component of a 21st Century multimodal transportation system,” Coscia said.

“I am a believer in the critical role that Amtrak plays in the national transportation fabric of our country. I believe to the core of my being that Amtrak’s best days lie ahead of us,” DiClemente said.

“Amtrak has made progress in recent years and I believe these positive trends will continue. I also believe it is important to the U.S. transportation system that Amtrak maintain a nationwide rail system and develop high-speed rail corridors in many areas of the country,” Moreland said.

Chairman Carper noted that with the arrival of these new members, eight of nine director positions will be filled. They will join himself, Donna Mclean, Nancy Naples, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray La Hood, and Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman on the Amtrak board of directors.