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New board members recognize Amtrak is key to future of passenger rail

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February 14, 2001 The three newest members of the Amtrak board of directors recognize that Amtrak and its national network of high-speed and intercity passenger trains are key to the future of passenger rail transportation in America.

Anthony R. Coscia, Bert
DiClemente and Jeff Moreland were nominated by President Obama and recently
confirmed by the United States Senate. They are expected to soon assume their
new responsibilities guiding and overseeing America’s railroad.

"We welcome our newest
board members with confidence they will contribute their considerable knowledge
and experience to advance Amtrak’s growth strategy and efforts to make the
nation’s railroad safer, greener and healthier," said Amtrak Chairman Thomas
Carper.

"I am excited about
serving as an Amtrak director because I strongly believe that a vibrant,
competitive, and comprehensive passenger rail system is a critical component of
a 21st Century multimodal transportation system," stated Coscia.

"I am a believer in the
critical role that Amtrak plays in the national transportation fabric of our
country. I believe to the core of my being that Amtrak’s best days lie ahead of
us," said DiClemente.

"Amtrak has made progress
in recent years and I believe these positive trends will continue. I also
believe it is important to the U.S. transportation system that Amtrak maintain
a nationwide rail system and develop high-speed rail corridors in many areas of
the country," said Moreland.

Chairman Carper noted
that with the arrival of these new members, eight of nine director positions would
be filled. They will join himself, Donna Mclean, Nancy Naples, U.S. Secretary
of Transportation Ray La Hood, and Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman on
the Amtrak board of directors.

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