WASHINGTON — Amtrak named William L. Crosbie Amtrak’s new Senior Vice President, Operations.
“Bill Crosbie brings us technical knowledge and great operations management experience at a crucial time for Amtrak,” said David Gunn, Amtrak’s president and CEO. “We are very fortunate to have Bill in this pivotal job.”
Crosbie brings experience in both the public and private sectors of the transportation industry to the nation’s passenger railroad. He will lead the operations team that includes 20,000 employees and supports Amtrak’s rail service through 46 states.
Crosbie began his career in transportation with the C.P. Rail System where he worked in signals and communications. During his tenure, he worked extensively on the planning and production of signal and communication circuit designs for the railroad in Canada and the eastern United States.
Following his stay at C.P., Crosbie joined the Toronto Transit Commission where he gained extensive experience in operations, maintenance, and engineering. As Canada’s largest transit agency, Toronto Transit transports more than 400 million passengers annually.
Crosbie served as general superintendent of subway transportation at the Commission from July 1998 to January 2001. In that role, he was responsible for managing and operating the Commission’s subway and transit control center which included a workforce of 950 management and union employees as well as an operating budget of $50 million.
He also served as general superintendent of signals, electrical, and communications from April 1996 to July 1998 and was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Commission’s electrical infrastructure.
In addition to his experience in the transportation industry, Crosbie most recently worked in the telecommunications industry in Canada. He comes to Amtrak from FibreTech Telecommunications, Inc. in Kitchener, Ontario where he served as president and CEO from January 2001 to December 2002.