Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Boardman to head Amtrak for another year

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Amtrak President Joseph Boardman had been given a one-year interim contract extension. Although Boardman is a voting member of the Amtrak board, he did not vote on his own contract extension.

Boardman rallied rail labor and Amtrak supporters to lobby Congress for a transportation appropriations bill that passed in December. The bill provides $1.58 billion to Amtrak through September 2010, an increase of $90 million from fiscal year 2009. The money includes $1 billion for capital grants, $560 million for operating subsidies and $20 million to fund Amtrak's inspector general's efforts to eradicate waste, fraud and abuse.

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