"We are extremely pleased with the progress Amtrak has made under the leadership of Joe Boardman," said Chairman Tony Coscia. "The changes Joe is managing within the railroad are resulting in real accomplishments and it is important for him to stay on, continue his work and provide leadership for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."
The Amtrak board of directors approved a two-year renewable contract for Boardman who was appointed president and CEO in November 2008.
Under Boardman's leadership, Amtrak says it has experienced many accomplishments, including: record ridership and revenue, continued reductions in the need for federal operating support, a significant pay down of debt, the best ever system-wide on-time performance, expansion of state-supported services, the introduction of Wi-Fi service and eTicketing and the creation and implementation of a corporate strategic plan.
In addition, he is managing new equipment orders for Northeast Corridor and long
distance services, a major planning effort for the development of next-generation high-speed rail, a comprehensive employee safety program, enhanced security initiatives and numerous capital projects to improve Amtrak infrastructure, stations, maintenance shops and other facilities.
Before joining Amtrak, Boardman was the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and also served as a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors. Prior to his position at FRA, Boardman was the longest serving commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation. He has been involved with the transportation industry for more than 40 years with experience on the local, state and federal levels and his own transportation management company