By Noel T. Braymer
A recent Blog by Fred Frailey on the Trains Magazine website brought up this September’s retirement of Joe Boardman. Nothing so far has been announced by the Amtrak Board of Directors on who his successor will be. Fred Frailey speculated that an interim president selected by Boardman would be likely and that Stephen Gardner, who is Amtrak’s executive vice president for Northeast Corridor Development would get the job. Frailey went on to point out that Boardman was originally named an interim President after then Amtrak President Kummant resigned 8 years ago. Boardman, then the FRA administrator for the George W. Bush Administration clearly needed a new job after 2008. The assumption seems to be that Boardman who has made hints of wanting to appoint his successor is pushing for an insider at Amtrak to replace him. Is this a good idea? I don’t think so.
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