Joseph H. Boardman
|Joseph H. Boardman|
|President and CEO, Amtrak|
November 25, 2008
|Preceded by||Alexander Kummant|
|11th Federal Railroad Administrator|
April 28, 2005 – November 25, 2008
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Allan Rutter|
|Succeeded by||Joseph C. Szabo|
|New York State Commissioner of Transportation|
|Preceded by||John Daly|
|Succeeded by||Thomas J. Madison, Jr.|
December 23, 1948 |
Taberg, New York
|Alma mater||Cornell University (B.S.)
Binghamton University (M.S.)
Joseph H. Boardman (born December 23, 1948), also known as Joe Boardman, is the President and CEO of Amtrak. Boardman was the longest-serving Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) from July 1997 until resigning to head the FRA. Before taking over Amtrak, Boardman had been the Administrator of the United States Federal Railroad Administration. Boardman has become the second-longest serving head of Amtrak, after W. Graham Claytor, Jr. in the 1980s. Railway Age magazine named Boardman as its 51st "Railroader of the Year" in its January 9, 2014, issue.
Early life and military service
Boardman is a lifelong resident of New York State. He is the second of eight children born and raised on a dairy farm in Oneida County, which two of his siblings currently operate. In 1966, he volunteered for military service in the United States Air Force, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics from Cornell University, and a Master of Science Degree in Management Science from Binghamton University.
He has been in the transportation industry for more than forty years with experience in city, county and state government. In addition, he owned his own transportation management company. He is a former chairman of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT).
Federal Railroad Administration
Before taking over Amtrak, Boardman had been the Administrator of the United States Federal Railroad Administration. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on April 28, 2005. He was the 11th Federal Railroad Administrator. Boardman was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations for the nearly eight hundred-person organization. This included managing comprehensive safety programs and regulatory initiatives; enforcement of FRA safety regulations; development and implementation of national freight and passenger rail policy; and oversight of diverse research and development activities in support of improved railroad safety.
Boardman headed the agency since the United States Senate confirmed him on May 3, 2005. Until his appointment with the FRA, Boardman was transportation commissioner for the state of New York. He began working as FRA Administrator on June 1, 2005. In December 2008, Clifford C. Eby was named acting administrator, replacing Boardman, who took over as head of Amtrak.
Early years at Amtrak career (2008-2009)
The Amtrak Board of Directors on November 25, 2008, announced that Boardman had been appointed to a one-year term as President and CEO of the railway to replace Alexander Kummant. In January 2010, Amtrak announced that Boardman's appointment had been extended indefinitely.
- Railway rescues
Amtrak has worked closely with states using stimulus funds to purchase 130 next-generation bi-level cars and 35 next-generation diesel locomotives to upgrade corridor service in the Midwest, California, and Washington State. Other major orders for new equipment are in the works, marking the beginning of a renewal of Amtrak's aging fleet. Using stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Amtrak rescued from the wreck yards more than 90 railcars, rebuilt them, and put them into service. The added capacity allowed Amtrak's passenger totals to grow by record numbers, more than one million year-over-year in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and revenues increased as well.
Boardman is leading an effort to augment and replace Amtrak's fleet of high-speed Acela Express trains with about 28 new trainsets. The company issued a RfP (request for proposals) in December, 2013. Offers are due by May, 2014, with negotiations likely to continue until the end of the year before a contract can be signed. The new trains would substantially increase capacity on the Northeast Corridor, where Amtrak shows an operating profit. Major new orders of equipment include 70 electric locomotives for the Regionals and the long-distance trains operating over the Northeast Corridor. Another is for 130 Viewliner II diners, crew dorm-baggage cars, sleepers, and baggage cars to replace worn-out "Heritage" equipment (built before Amtrak was formed in 1971) for the Eastern long-distance trains. The first of the ACS-64 electric locomotives entered service on February 7, 2014. The Viewliner II cars should begin entering service later in the year.
Recent Amtrak developments (2013-2015)
In May 2013, Boardman signed to a two-year "renewable" contract. Board Chairman Anthony Coscia said, "We are extremely pleased with the progress Amtrak has made under the leadership of Joe Boardman". Boardman's salary during 2013 was $350,000. At Amtrak, Joe Boardman oversees an organization that carried a record 31.2 million passengers and had $3 billion in revenue while employing more than 20,000 people in fiscal year 2013. Since Boardman’s appointment, Amtrak made progress cutting debt, purchasing new equipment, and improving infrastructure, with cost recovery reaching a new company peak of 93% in 2014. Also under Boardman's leadership, safety has seen a major emphasis despite the multiple-fatality excessive-speed wreck of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia in 2015, in which Amtrak was largely culpable due to its failure to activate a speed control system that had existed for decades; on-time performance has improved, and Wi-Fi has been added to most trains. E-ticketing and electronic payment for on-board snacks, meals, and beverages have also been put in place. Boardman is perhaps the longest serving high-level Republican appointee under President Barack Obama.
On December 9, 2015, Boardman announced in a letter to employees that he would be leaving Amtrak in September, 2016. He had advised the Amtrak Board of Directors of his decision the previous week.
Railway Age magazine named Joseph H. Boardman as its 51st "Railroader of the Year" in its January 9, 2014, issue, which featured a column about him and a printed interview with him. A video of the interview can be seen at railwayage.com.
This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "U.S. Department of Transportation / Joseph H. Boardman, Federal Railroad Administration".
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- "receive the Contract Award for 130 Bi-Level Passenger Cars from Caltrans and IDOT".
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