Anthony R. Coscia Elected as Chairman, Amtrak Board of Directors

March 20, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – The Amtrak Board of Directors has elected Anthony R. Coscia to be its next chairman to help guide the future of America’s Railroad® and carry out initiatives to increase ridership and improve operational and financial performance. In addition, the Amtrak board elected Jeffrey R. Moreland as vice-chairman. An Amtrak board member since June 2010, and current chairman of its Audit and Finance committee, Coscia succeeds departing board chairman Thomas C. Carper whose term on the board expires this month. “During my five years on the board of directors, Amtrak has made undeniable progress and all board members have

Senate Confirms Two Amtrak Board Appointments

January 4, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed two new appointments to Amtrak’s Board of Directors. Christopher R. Beall and Yvonne B. Burke were confirmed as directors on the Amtrak Board of Directors. As part of its vote, the Senate also confirmed Michael P. Huerta as the next Federal Aviation Administration administrator.

Amtrak Fills More Senior Operations Positions

January 4, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Amtrak announces it has named Magdy El-Sibaie as the new chief safety officer and Robin McDonough as chief, business operations. Both will report directly to DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations. As chief safety officer, Dr. El-Sibaie will be responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the safety activities and standards of Amtrak departments to achieve continuous improvement in employee and passenger safety, including the railroad’s Safe-2-Safer behavior- based cultural safety program. In addition, he will provide oversight of Amtrak’s compliance with safety regulations and participation in current and emerging industry safety programs. He has over 20 years of

Amtrak: Private Dollars Will Follow Taxpayer Funding

December 31, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

Amtrak wants to upgrade its operations along the Northeast Corridor and bring about true high speed rail. But, the railroad made it clear public money will be needed to fund upgrades to the 457-mile-long corridor, which could cost taxpayers upwards of $151 billion and take as long as 30 years to complete. While annual revenues of $1 billion or more could ultimately lead to private investment, that is likely to come after taxpayers pony up the dollars to fund improvements, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “International experience

Sandy relief bill includes millions for Amtrak

December 31, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

Amtrak could receive millions as part of a $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy supplemental spending bill Congress approved earlier this month. According to U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., there was no “detailed plan for how the money will be spent.” “It is critical that we ensure taxpayer dollars go to help those impacted by this devastating storm and not to wasteful spending projects,” the senators said in a joint statement before the U.S. Senate passed the bill. “All told, 64 percent of the $60.4 billion in ‘emergency’ spending in this legislation will not be spent for nearly

Amtrak Employee Pleads to Theft, Sentenced to Probation, Community Service

December 31, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

An unnamed Amtrak employee pleaded guilty to theft, the railroad’s inspector general announced earlier this month. “OIG investigation of an employee for embezzling funds by falsifying travel vouchers and manipulating Amtrak travel card purchases resulted in an arrest warrant and a criminal Felony Fraud charge in Superior Court of the District of Columbia,” the inspector general said in a statement. “The employee pled guilty and was sentenced to five years supervised probation, 50 hours of community service, and was ordered to make restitution to Amtrak in the amount of $9,862. The employee was terminated.”

Amtrak IG: Railroad Could Save Money if ‘Conventional’ Fleet Improved to Acela Level

December 30, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

Amtrak could improve its service and save money “if the availability of the conventional fleets were improved to the level of the Acela equipment,” the railroad’s inspector general told Congress recently.   “Acela, which represents about 10 percent of Amtrak’s total fleet of equipment and was the first fleet to employ reliability-centered maintenance, has seen significant improvements in reliability and availability,” Inspector General Ted Alves said in his prepared testimony. “These improved maintenance results have allowed Amtrak to deploy two additional Acela trainsets, generating over $50 million in additional revenue since the trains were put into service.”   The inspector

Amtrak Names Matt Hardison as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer

December 29, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Matt Hardison has been named the new Amtrak chief marketing and sales officer (CMSO) following the retirement of Emmett Fremaux and will report directly to President and CEO Joe Boardman. As CMSO, he is responsible for sales distribution and customer service, field marketing, advertising and sales promotion, Amtrak Guest Rewards, market research and analysis, reservation sales, on-board systems, pricing and revenue management, eTicketing and eCommerce. His department will deliver comprehensive marketing and sales services to the internal Amtrak business lines and to the company’s external commercial partners. “Matt will provide the necessary leadership and continuous improvement of our

Amtrak Names David Nichols as New Chief Transportation Officer

December 29, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON –Amtrak has named David Nichols as its new chief transportation officer (CTO) who will be responsible for setting, managing and maintaining operating rules and policies to ensure that all train operations meet federal rail safety requirements and the company’s business needs. Other duties include the management of training and certification for locomotive engineers and conductors as well as overseeing the Host Railroads group. Nichols brings 33 years of Amtrak experience to this CTO position, having joined the company in 1979 as a block operator and most recently served as senior director, operating practices. He will continue to bring to

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