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Joe Boardman has died; he was Amtrak's 2nd longest serving President & CEO

Joe Boardman has died; he was Amtrak's 2nd longest serving President & CEO

Old Mar 7, 19, 9:15 am
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Joe Boardman has died; he was Amtrak's 2nd longest serving President & CEO

Some sad news:
ROME, N.Y. — Joseph H. Boardman, Amtrak’s second-longest-serving president and CEO, has died. Boardman, 70, suffered a stroke while vacationing with his wife and family in Florida on March 5 and passed away early this morning, Amtrak announced.

A U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran who served as New York State Transportation Commissioner for 8 years beginning in 1997, Boardman was named Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration in 2005. He became familiar with Amtrak operations while sitting on its board of directors as the Department of Transportation’s representative, and was named in 2008 to succeed Alexander Kummant as the company’s ninth non-interim president.

His eight-year tenure was surpassed in duration only by W. Graham Claytor, Jr. (1982-1993). During his time as CEO, Boardman initiated equipment purchases of 70 Siemens ACS-64 electric locomotives for the Northeast Corridor; 130 Viewliner II baggage, baggage dorm, sleeping, and dining cars (though he was troubled by CAF, USA’s repeated production failures); and 28 Alstom Avelia Liberty electric trainsets that are to replace Northeast Corridor Acela Expresses beginning in 2021.
Link to full article:
Trains magazine - Joe Boardman, former Amtrak president, dies (March 7, 2019)

There are more details about his life in this article:
Railway Age - Joe Boardman, Dec. 23, 1948 – March 7, 2019
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