Joseph H. Boardman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Joseph H. Boardman
President and CEO of Amtrak
In office
November 25, 2008 – September 1, 2016
Preceded byAlexander Kummant
Succeeded byCharles "Wick" Moorman
11th Federal Railroad Administrator
In office
April 28, 2005 – November 25, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byAllan Rutter
Succeeded byJoseph C. Szabo[1][2]
New York State Commissioner of Transportation
In office
Preceded byJohn Daly
Succeeded byThomas J. Madison, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1948-12-23) December 23, 1948 (age 69)
Taberg, New York
Political partyRepublican
Alma materCornell University (B.S.)
Binghamton University (M.S.)
ProfessionTransportation professional

Joseph H. Boardman (born December 23, 1948), also known as Joe Boardman, is the former 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.[3] 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.[4]

Early life and military service[edit]

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.[citation needed]


Early positions[edit]

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).

Boardman was the longest-serving Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) from July 1997 until resigning to head the FRA.[3]

Federal Railroad Administration[edit]

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.[5][6] In December 2008, Clifford C. Eby was named acting administrator, replacing Boardman, who took over as head of Amtrak.[7]

Early years at Amtrak career (2008–2009)[edit]

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.[8][9] In January 2010, Amtrak announced that Boardman's appointment had been extended indefinitely.[10]

Railway rescues

Amtrak has worked closely with states using stimulus funds to purchase 130 next-generation bi-level cars[11] and 35 next-generation diesel locomotives to upgrade corridor service in the Midwest, California, and Washington State.[12] 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.[citation needed]

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 were 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.[citation needed] Major new orders of equipment include 70 electric locomotives for the Regionals and the long-distance trains operating over the Northeast Corridor.[13] 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.[14] 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.[citation needed]

Recent Amtrak developments (2013–2016)[edit]

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".[3] Boardman's salary during 2013 was $350,000.[15] 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.[citation needed] Since Boardman’s appointment, Amtrak made progress cutting debt, purchasing new equipment, and improving infrastructure,[16] with cost recovery reaching a new company peak of 93% in 2014.[17] E-ticketing and electronic payment for on-board snacks, meals, and beverages have been put in place, as well as Wi-Fi on most trains.[18] 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. Boardman's successor, former Norfolk Southern Railway President & CEO Charles "Wick" Moorman, was named in August 2016 and took over on September 1, 2016.[19] P42DC unit 42 was later named after Boardman.

Personal life[edit]

He presently resides with his wife Joanne in Washington, D.C. and has three grown children who reside in Rome, New York.[citation needed]


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.[4] A video of the interview can be seen at[20]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "U.S. Department of Transportation / Joseph H. Boardman, Federal Railroad Administration".

  1. ^ Progressive Railroading (April 30, 2009). "Senate confirms Szabo's nomination as FRA administrator". Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen. Retrieved May 3, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Senate confirms UTU's Szabo to FRA". UTU News. United Transportation Union. April 29, 2009. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c,0.pdf
  4. ^ a b William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief. "Railroader of the Year: All Aboard with Joe Boardman – Railway Age".
  5. ^ "Joseph H. Boardman Begins Role as New Administrator for Federal Railroad Administration With Focus on Rail Safety and Intercity Passenger Rail Reform" (Press release). FRA. June 1, 2005. Archived from the original on 2005-10-28. Retrieved 2005-06-06.
  6. ^ "Senate confirms Joseph Boardman, New York state official, to head FRA". Trains News Wire. May 4, 2005. Retrieved 2005-05-05.[dead link]
  7. ^ "FRA Acting Administrator Named", APTA:Passenger Transport Express, December 5, 2008, accessed December 8, 2008
  8. ^ "Amtrak Selects Transportation Industry Veteran as President & CEO" (Press release). Amtrak. November 25, 2008. Archived from the original on December 29, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  9. ^ "Boardman named new Amtrak CEO". Kalmbach Publishing. November 25, 2008. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  10. ^ "Boardman to head Amtrak for 'indefinite' period". Progressive Railroading. January 5, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  11. ^ "receive the Contract Award for 130 Bi-Level Passenger Cars from Caltrans and IDOT".
  12. ^ DVV Media Group GmbH. "Siemens selected for 200 km/h US passenger locomotive order". rwg.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2013-12-20.
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^ Amtrak Board Extends Contract of Joe Boardman: Press Release by Amtrak
  17. ^ Indianapolis-Chicago Amtrak service extended to April 1 (Associated Press, February 2, 2015) Archived April 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^,0.pdf
  19. ^ Amtrak Names Industry Veteran Wick Moorman President and Chief Executive Officer
  20. ^ William Vantuono. "Interview with Joe Boardman, Railway Age's 2014 Railroader of the Year – Railway Age".

External links[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
Alexander Kummant, William Crosbie (interim)
President of Amtrak
2008 – 2016
Succeeded by
Charles "Wick" Moorman