Amtrak CEO Tells House Panel – Amtrak is on the Right Track

Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that an overhaul of the government-subsidized carrier’s corporate structure initiated last year is beginning to have an effect.

“When we’re done, Amtrak will look more like a business and less like a government agency,” Boardman told the panel. “And customers will find that our system is easier to use, more convenient, timelier and more comfortable.”

Last year Amtrak introduced a five-year strategic plan designed to simplify the organizational structure, reduce costs and boost revenue. The plan calls for reorganizing the railroad into six business lines.

“Amtrak is taking the steps to become a world class high speed rail provider,’ said TCU President Bob Scardelletti. “Amtrak must have a dedicated long-term funding source and TCU is pleased to see that these steps are being put in place for a better future of Amtrak.”

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