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December 16, 2013
Vol. 14 No. 50

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Our 13th Newsletter Year

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IN THIS EDITION...   In This Edition...

  NCI Conference Follow-Up
NCI’s 2013 Annual Rail Conference,
   “We’re All In This Together,”
   Draws Regional Leaders To UMASS
  News Items…
Amtrak Scraps 5 Empire Builder Runs; Cold Weather,
   Hot Economy Are Factors
  Commuter Lines…
Washington, D.C. And Baltimore Get Week-End Local
   Rail Service On MARC For The First Time
  Selected Rail Stocks…
  Across The Pond…
Certification Of Velaro D Before Christmas,
   Operational Introduction Before Easter
Trains Far Safer Than Automobiles And Buses
Great Britain Considers Even More
   Railway Electrification
  News from Amtrak…
Amtrak President And CEO Joe Boardman
   Named Railroader Of The Year
SunRail to Become Newest Business Partner
   For Amtrak
  Publication Notes …

NCI CONFERENCE FOLLOW-UP... NCI Conference Follow-Up...  

The Northeastern Rail Renaissance Is Happening

NCI’s 2013 Annual Rail Conference,
“We’re All In This Together,”
Draws Regional Leaders To UMASS

By Jim RePass
Chairman & CEO, National Corridors Initiative, Inc.
Publisher: Destination: Freedom

LOWELL, MA --- Present and former governors of New England states and their representatives – and perhaps a future governor or two as well, plus elected and appointed officials, transportation advocates, professionals, and ordinary citizens --- assembled December 12-13 at UMass-Lowell Inn and Conference Center for the National Corridors Initiative’s 2013 conference, “We Are All In This Together --- Regional Rail: A New England/Eastern Canadian Renaissance In The Making,” to push for enhanced interstate/provincial transportation planning in the region.

At Left - NCI 2013 Conference Poster created by Doug Alexander. Click Poster for Full-Sized PDF

Michael Dukakis - Jim RePass

All Photos: Frank DiMasi for NCI

“We Are All In This Together” conference Chairman and former Presidential Nominee Michael S. Dukakis opens the proceedings at UMass-Lowell, as National Corridors Initiative CEO and conference organizer James P. RePass looks on
Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala

Keynote Speaker Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Columbia University addresses conference attendees December 13

RI Gov.  Lincoln Chaffee

Rhode Island Governor and former National Corridors Initiative Executive Director Lincoln Chafee addresses the audience at December 13’s NCI regional rail conference “We Are All in This Together” at UMass-Lowell, chaired by former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis.

John Businger

Former Brookline Massachusetts State Representative John Businger, who succeeded Michael Dukakis in that seat and then represented Brookline in the legislature for nearly 30 years, makes a point at December 13’s regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell.

The conference, chaired by former Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis, was organized by the National Corridors Initiative, a non-profit transportation advocacy group founded in 1989 by James P. RePass, which in 1990-1991 at the White House negotiated the release of Carter-era funds, embargoed by Presidents Reagan and Bush until NCI’s bi-partisan intervention, that was needed to complete the long-delayed electrification of the still-diesel-powered section of the Northeast Corridor between New Haven and Boston.

After three meetings at the White House The Bush (I) Administration reversed its opposition to the project, and in September 1991 allowed the funds to be released. The project was completed in 1999, cutting Boston-New York travel times to under 3 1/2 hours (down from the previous 5-6 hours) and quintupling rail’s Boston-New York market share.

RI Gov. Lincoln Chaffee and Louis Elisa

Rhode Island Governor and NCI Conference Speaker Lincoln Chafee (Right) talks with conference attendee Louis Elisa, a former FEMA executive and Senior Advisor for Taino Consulting Group.

Bryan Lee-Related Bealco

Bryan Lee, Vice President of Related Bealco, a conference sponsor and one of the longest-established (125 years) and most successful urban developers in the world, addresses NCI’s regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” December 13 at UMass-Lowell.

Jonathan Davis - MBTA

MBTA Chief Financial Officer Jon Davis addresses the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell

Thomas Mahon

New Hampshire Rail Authority Thomas Mahon Chairman speaks to the audience at December 13’s National Corridors Initiative’s, “We Are All In This Together”, at UMass-Lowell, chaired by former Governor Michael S. Dukakis

At the conference last week Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, a long-time rail advocate who served as the first executive director of the National Corridors Initiative more than 20 years ago, came to Massachusetts to speak passionately of the need for regional cooperation in transportation planning and building.

Attendees also heard from Marianne Bonnard, Québec’s Delegate (Ambassador) to New England, who also championed the need for the Northeastern United States and Canada to work more closely together in making regional transportation an engine for economic growth.

Mike Pillsbury

New Hampshire Deputy Transportation Commissioner Mike Pillsbury discusses the Granite State’s interest in building the Boston-Lowell-Nashua-Manchester-Concord (NH) high speed commuter rail corridor at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell

Marianne Bonnard

Québec’s Delegate (Ambassador) to New England Marianne Bonnard describes new developments in that Province’s freight and passenger rail system, and its importance to New England transportation, to conference attendees at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell.

Jim RePass and  Richard Flynn

NCI Chairman Jim RePass makes a point while speakers NorthEast Logistics Chairman Richard Flynn and his company’s GIS Director Jenna Bernabe look on, at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell.

Dick Flynn and Chairman Wayne Davis

NorthEast Logistics CEO Dick Flynn talks with TrainRiders NorthEast Founder and Chairman Wayne Davis at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell.

As more than one conferee noted, the problems and challenges to creating the rail transportation system that is so badly needed in the region, can only be solved if the Northeastern states and eastern Canadian provinces work together as partners. One solution proposed at the conference was the implementation of a new collaborative, interactive planning software system now being designed by a New England firm, NorthEast Logistics Systems (NELS) of Framingham, MA, headed by former senior Conrail executive Richard Flynn. This software for the first time allows planners in one state or province to see, in real time, what other planners in other states or provinces in the region are proposing/planning/building, so as to flag early conflicts/opportunities. This software system, was demonstrated at the conference by NELS, is available for view on line, and is supported by NCI which is encouraging its adoption region-wide.

Barry Fromm

US Rail Car owner and Value Recovery Group Founder and CEO Barry Fromm addresses the luncheon crowd at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell. VRG was a major conference sponsor. US Rail Car, a major conference sponsor, is headed by former Federal Railroad Administrator Jolene Molitoris, and makes the only completely American-made FRA-compliant DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) rail vehicle in the United States. It is also developing a natural-gas-powered version of that vehicle, to be used especially in densely populated urban environments where ground-level air pollution, as a cause of asthma, is of growing concern.

Richard Arena

Software entrepreneur and Association for Public Transportation CEO Richard Arena addresses the crowd at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell, on the need for a new revenue-bonding approach to transportation funding which would enable true high-speed (220-mph) rail to be built in the United States now, rather than gradually, over decades, as envisioned by conventional proposals.

Patrick O. Murphy

Lowell Mayor Patrick O. Murphy welcomes the crowd at NCI’s Lowell Conference on regional rail, 29 Lowell Mayor Patrick O. Murphy greets the crowd at NCI’s Lowell Conference on regional rail, as the National Corridor Initiative’s Chairman Jim RePass presides at NCI’s 2013 event “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell, chaired by former Governor Michael S. Dukakis.

Michael S. Dukakis and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee

Former Governor and Presidential Nominee Michael S. Dukakis, conference chairman, and Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, a featured conference speaker (left), look on from the audience as AASHTO executive and transportation financing expert Joung Lee addresses the NCI’s 2013 Conference on regional rail, “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell. NCI Vice President and former Massachusetts State Rep. John Businger is on their right.

The conference also featured success stories: the DownEaster, from Boston to Portland, Maine, which recently expanded North to Brunswick and Freeport, has become with more than 700,000 annual riders one of the most popular and successful passenger trains in the country. TrainRiders NorthEast founder Wayne Davis, who spoke at the conference, described how he was once ridiculed by one Maine politician for proposing the DownEaster. That politician, now retired, now uses the train, on a regular basis, to visit his son and daughter-in-law and his grandchildren in Massachusetts. “I see him on the train, often,” noted Wayne, smiling broadly.

Michael S. Dukakis with AASHTO senior executive Joung Lee

Conference Chairman and former Governor Michael S. Dukakis with AASHTO senior executive Joung Lee, who filled in at the last moment at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell, for weather-delayed speaker National Council for Public Private Partnerships Richard B. Norment. Lee is an expert on transportation finance and the need to innovate in order to get infrastructure built sooner, rather than later.

Christopher Parker

Christopher Parker, Executive Director of the Vermont Rail Action Network, speaks to the gathered audience at the National Corridors Initiative’s December 13 regional rail conference “We Are All In This Together” at UMass-Lowell, on Vermont’s aggressive and successful work to improve freight and passenger rail infrastructure.

In terms of current rail systems development, the conference featured a luncheon address by Barry Fromm, founder and CEO of Value Recovery Systems, the owner of US Rail Car Corporation, the only FRA-compliant American-made rail car manufacturer whose advanced Diesel Multiple Unit trains have already put in millions of miles of service in locations across the United States. The company is seeking to expand its presence in major transportation agencies in the United States.

[More to come, including conference PowerPoint presentations requested by many; this conference, while long planned, was a start, not a finish, to the transportation future of New England and Eastern Canada, and was based on prior accomplishments.

For additional press commentary, please contact NCI President & CEO, James P. RePass at 617-269-5478, or by e-mail at:]

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NEWS ITEMS... News Items...  

Amtrak Scraps 5 Empire Builder Runs;
Cold Weather, Hot Economy Are Factors

From A Minneapolis Star Article
Writer, Paul Walsh

DECEMBER 14 – Long delays because of heavy freight rail traffic and extreme cold weather are causing Amtrak to cancel five runs of the Empire Builder between St. Paul, Minnesota and Spokane, Washington.

In America, freight rail companies own almost all the tracks outside of the Northeast Corridor, so passenger trains share the rail lines with the freight industry. During the past year, the oil boom in North Dakota has greatly increased freight rail traffic, causing heavy congestion on the rail infrastructure and lengthy delays for both passenger and freight service. BNSF cited excessive freight back log, most of it oil from fracking.

Rumor has it that BNSF does not have enough qualified crews to move what they have, and rail marshaling yards are starting to get backed up with goods unable to move.

Amtrak began the cancellations on Wednesday, December 11, and will continue them through Sunday, said Marc Magliari, a spokesman in Chicago for the passenger rail service.

Eastbound runs from Spokane to St. Paul were canceled for Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Westbound service was canceled Thursday and will be scrapped Saturday.

It is not known how long the Empire Builder cancellations will continue or if a re-route is being considered.

Amtrak was contacting passengers to help them rearrange plans.

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COMMUTER LINES... Commuter Lines...  

Washington, D.C. And Baltimore Get Week-End
Local Rail Service On MARC For The First Time

By David Peter Alan

For the first time in history, local “commuter” trains ran to and from the Nation’s Capital on a week-end. MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) ran week-end trains on their Penn Line to Baltimore for the first time on December 7th and 8th. The current schedule calls for nine round trips spread through a comprehensive service day on Saturdays and six round trips concentrated in and near afternoon hours on Sundays.

The Penn Line runs on the portion of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington and Baltimore. The line also hosts mid-day and some evening trains on weekdays. A few of the weekday trains run north of Baltimore to Perryville, near the Delaware state line. On week-ends, a few trains run past Baltimore to Martin Airport.

MARC Train

Image By Ryan Stavely via Wikipedia

Two EMD AEM7s (#4900 at the head end) lead a MARC Penn Line service in 2012. MARC employs both electric-powered and diesel-powered equipment.

MARC is a component of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA), which also operates local rail transit and buses in Baltimore, as well as commuter buses. In addition to the Penn Line, MARC trains also operate on the Camden Line to Baltimore, part of the historic Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad, during peak-commuting hours in both directions. The other MARC line goes to Brunswick, Maryland, with a few trains going from that line onto a branch line to Frederick, and others extended to Martinsburg, West Virginia. All of these trains run on historic B&O track, now owned by CSX. That line operates in one direction and only during peak commuting hours, as do the two lines into northern Virginia operated by Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

David Johnson, head of Customer Communications for the MTA, said that ridership for the first week-end of service amounted to about 2400 revenue passengers on Saturday and about 1200 on Sunday. He told this writer: “We were not surprised by the Saturday numbers but the Sunday numbers were way over expectations, especially given the horrible weather.” Johnson said that the Saturday total did not include complimentary tickets for dignitaries, reporters and others. MARC held a brief ceremony at Union Station in Washington, D.C. immediately prior to the first departure, and a larger ceremony at Penn Station in Baltimore, when the train arrived. A number of Maryland politicians, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, were on hand for the celebration. So were a number of rail advocates from the area.

The new service gives riders an additional option for going between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on week-ends, and it marks the first week-end service to Odenton and other intermediate stops not served by Amtrak. Previously, the only trains on the line on week-ends were Amtrak trains. In the past, regular riders who held commutation tickets on MARC could use selected Amtrak trains for their week-end trips between Baltimore, BWI Airport, New Carrollton and Washington, D.C., but single-trip riders were required to pay the full Amtrak fare. At this writing, those fares range between $16 and $56, with different fares for different trains and Amtrak’s requirement that riders reserve in advance for a specific train. The MARC fare between Baltimore and Washington is $7.00 each way, with lower fares for people traveling to intermediate stops, as well as senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Baltimore rail advocate Christopher T. Field is a member of MARC’s advisory committee. He was pleased with the first week-end service and told this writer: “Many riders with whom I talked are pleased with the new service, although I don’t know anyone who plans to use it regularly.” He added that he expects to be one of those “occasional” week-end riders: “I look forward to taking the train to DC with my daughter for the occasional museum trip. But I don’t expect to become a regular rider.” As on other established “commuter” lines around the United States (and in Toronto and Montreal in Canada), week-end trains serve mostly occasional riders, although some commute on weekdays and make extra trips on the week-end, for work or pleasure.

Until the new MARC service began, the only way to use local transit to get from downtown Baltimore to downtown Washington on the week-end was to take the Baltimore light rail to BWI Airport, the Metro B30 bus to Fort Totten, the Metro Rail Green Line to Grossvenor and the Red Line to Union Station. The entire trip takes about 2 1/2 hours and costs $11.95 with cash fares. The MARC train goes between the same endpoints in one hour and costs $7.00.

The MTA credits an increase in the user fee on gasoline with bringing in the money to finance week-end service on the MARC Penn Line. Other projects that are slated to move forward with this funding are the Purple Line, a 16-mile light rail line “inside the Beltway” between Bethesda and New Carrollton, which will connect with Washington’s Metro system, and improvements to local transit in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore civic leaders are looking at the new MARC week-end service as part of their campaign to market the city and its attractions to Washingtonians or international tourists who want to take a day trip to Baltimore for a change of pace. With a fare of $7.00 each way, such a visit is more affordable than taking Amtrak between the two cities.

Field noted that the customer experience on weekdays will change with the addition of week-end trains. He told this writer: “The week-end service will impact weekday riders a little in that, except for vacations, each weekday train had a stable crew. Since most people ride the same train every day, riders and crew got to know each other. Now, some trains will have, for example, Monday to Wednesday crews with different people on Thursday and Friday, who also work the week-end. So the bond between crew and riders may be weakened.” That result may be part of the growing pains of a local rail line, as it transitions from its former role as a purely-commuter line to one that serves a region seven days a week.

MARC intends to implement other service improvements, as well. There are plans to add two trains to the Camden Line schedule next year, on the shoulders of the peak-commuting period. It is now anticipated that one will only go as far as Dorsey, while the other will go to Camden Station in Baltimore. In addition, MARC would like to add some off-peak service on the Brunswick Line. CSX, which owns the tracks, objects to any MARC trains outside peak-commuting hours. In the 1990s, there were two trains that left Washington, D.C. after morning peak time, returning from Brunswick in the mid-afternoon. Those trains were taken off the line years ago, but they did allow riders to enjoy a daytime ride along part of the scenic Potomac River as part of a day trip to historic Western Maryland. Perhaps someday, MARC can persuade CSX to allow some off-peak service on that line again. MARC also plans to extend service beyond Perryville to Newark, Delaware. It would connect with SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) trains there, allowing transfers to Wilmington and Philadelphia.

MARC has plans to expand service, in terms of both mileage and frequency, and the new week-end service on the Penn Line is definitely a start in that direction.

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STOCKS...  Selected Rail Stocks...


Berkshire Hathaway B (BNSF)(BRK.B)114.06116.66
Canadian National (CNI)54.7456.51
Canadian Pacific (CP) 150.60154.19
CSX (CSX)27.5727.75
Genessee & Wyoming (GWR)92.5896.57
Kansas City Southern (KSU)117.44118.15
Norfolk Southern (NSC)87.9789.67
Providence & Worcester(PWX)19.1320.06
Union Pacific (UNP)160.75164.34

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ACROSS THE POND... Across The Pond...  

Installments From David Beale
NCI Foreign Editor


Certification Of Velaro D Before Christmas,
Operational Introduction Before Easter

The Long Awaited Latest Version Of The ICE 3 Series Of High-Speed Trains
Finally Ready For Revenue Service

Via Handelsblatt Magazine And Deutsche Bahn Press Release

Berlin – The much delayed introduction of the latest version of Deutsche Bahn’s ICE 3 high-speed train set series is now in sight. According to reports from the train’s manufacturer and the EBA – Germany’s rail safety regulatory agency similar to the FRA in the USA – the Siemens Velaro D will receive type certification from the EBA within the next 10 days, after a nearly three year long certification process. Official delivery to Deutsche Bahn – German Railways – of the first eight of sixteen train sets on order, could take place in the next couple of months with introduction into scheduled service by March 2014.

Velaro D  at Innotrans 2010

Photo: Siemens Mobility

Velaro D shines in the early morning light in Berlin at InnoTrans in September 2010.

The Velaro D (DB class 407) is a derivative of the ICE 3 high-speed train series first introduced in the year 2000 into operations. Unlike the earlier ICE 3 train models produced in a joint venture between Siemens and Bombardier, the Velaro D is solely a Siemens product. Aside from minor design changes to the exterior design, the Velaro D also differs from the earlier ICE 3 models in its climate control system, power distribution, braking, and control systems. The Velaro D had been planned to start services at the end of 2011 with possible use in the Channel Tunnel to London in time for the 2012 Olympics. However various technical issues with the braking, propulsion and control systems came up during route proving runs in 2010 and 2011, which lead to the EBA withholding approval to Deutsche Bahn.

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Trains Far Safer Than Automobiles And Buses

Passenger Fatality Rate Of Automobiles 54 Times Greater Than Trains

Via Press Release From Allianz Pro Schiene

Munich - The German rail industry lobby group Allianz Pro Schiene released statistics compiled across the European Union during 2004 – 2012 comparing the fatality and injury rates of various modes of passenger transport. In Germany, as generally all across Europe, passenger rail transport lead in safety of all transport modes. In Germany the chances of dying as a result of an automobile accident or collision are 54 times greater than when traveling in a train. The chances of personal injury while traveling by automobile are 109 times greater than with a train, based on the study of statistics out of Germany’s transportation systems.

Bus travel is far-more safer than automobile travel as well, but still more risky than with the train. German statistics show a risk of a fatal injury while traveling by bus to be 3.5 times higher than by train. Injury rates in bus travel are 31 times the rate in trains. The accident rates compiled were normalized for the number of passenger-kilometers traveled by each transport mode.

Also freight trains proved to be far safer than trucks in the study. In Germany the incident rate of hazardous goods transported by truck proved to be 43 times higher than by freight train.

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Great Britain Considers Even More
Railway Electrification

Once Europe’s Laggard In Railway Electrification, Britain Aggressively
Retrofits Its Rail Lines With Ecologically Friendly Electric Power

Via Railnews UK

The railway linking Bolton and Wigan in the greater Manchester (England) region is to be electrified by 2017 at a cost of £ 37 million (US $55 million), the UK Department for Transport said on Friday the 13th of December.

In addition, a task force is to be set up to explore the next steps for railway electrification in the north of England. The routes to be investigated in detail include Sheffield to Leeds and Doncaster, Crewe/Warrington--Chester, Selby--Hull and Leeds--Harrogate--York. The task force will be made up of representatives from train operators, local authorities including the Rail North consortium, the supply chain, and local Members of Parliament. This group will provide the transport secretary with an interim report within 12 months setting out how schemes can be brought forward and their development accelerated.

Installing catenary

Photo: Network Rail

Electrifying – newly installed AC catenary in Eccles in northwestern England seen in summer 2013. Great Britain uses the 25 kVAC 50 Hz worldwide railway electrification power standard, except in southern England where a large number of rail lines are electrified with 750 VDC third rail power.

The DfT said electrification between Lostock Junction, west of Bolton, and Wigan North Western station would allow Pacers DMU trains to be withdrawn in favor of electric trains on the services between Wigan and Manchester Victoria, and also Wigan and Manchester Airport. The schemes form part of a wider phase of new transport funding, which also includes many road improvements.

UK Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Whether it’s unblocking bottlenecks on local roads, improving trouble spots on our motorways and trunk roads, or working to deliver better railways through electrification, these projects will benefit communities up and down the country and help keep Britain moving. By investing in our local and regional transport infrastructure we can help support new jobs and boost our overall competitiveness in the global economic race.”

This announcement comes as Great Britain completes major electrification efforts of a number of heavily used rail corridors in the country including electrification of London – Cardiff, Manchester – Liverpool, Glasgow – Edinburgh, and Bedford – Leeds in the next 12- 18 months.

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NEWS FROM AMTRAK... News from Amtrak...  

Amtrak President And CEO Joe Boardman
Named Railroader Of The Year

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief; Railway Age

Joseph Boardman
December 9, 2013: Joseph H. Boardman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, has been named 2014 Railroader of the Year by railroad industry trade journal Railway Age

“Joe Boardman, who came to Amtrak after his tenure as Federal Railroad Administrator, has been chief executive for the past five years, far longer than any of his post-Graham Claytor predecessors,” said Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. “Under his watch, Amtrak has posted record ridership and revenues, ordered a new fleet of electric locomotives for the Northeast Corridor and new single-level long-distance cars, developed a long-term strategy for additional new rolling stock acquisitions, and is effectively administering major capital programs. Boardman has a sustainable vision for the future of U.S. intercity passenger rail, which includes higher-speed services. As such, he is a deserving recipient of our Railroader of the Year award.”

“My selection for this award is really a tribute to the men and women of Amtrak who are transforming our business culture, improving our customer service, enhancing our safety and security, planning for our future, and strengthening our focus on the bottom line,” said Boardman. “We are accomplishing a great many things and I am proud of all Amtrak employees in helping to make it happen.”

Joe Boardman is Railway Age’s 51st Railroader of the Year. He is the first Amtrak chief executive since the legendary W. Graham Claytor Jr. in 1989 to be named Railroader of the Year. Modern Railroads magazine founded the award, one of the most prestigious in the railroad industry, in 1964 as the “Man of the Year.” Railway Age acquired Modern Railroads in 1991 and has presented the award annually since then. Boardman will be honored on March 11, 2014, at Chicago’s Union League Club. Railway Age will tell the story of Joe Boardman and the organization he leads at Amtrak with a cover story in the magazine’s January 2014 issue, which will also be available online at with video highlights, and in the magazine’s January digital edition.

About Railway Age

Railway Age ( is a monthly trade magazine circulated at the management levels of North American freight and passenger railroads. Founded in Chicago, Ill., in 1856, it is the transportation industry’s longest-running trade publication. Railway Age is published by the Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp., New York, N.Y.


Railway Age: William C. Vantuono, 212-620-7240,; Amtrak: Steve Kulm, 202-906-3730,

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SunRail to Become Newest
Business Partner For Amtrak

From Amtrak

Amtrak and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) have recently entered into an agreement allowing an opportunity to use excess capacity at our Sanford, Fla., Auto Train maintenance facility for Central Florida Commuter Rail Service (SunRail) maintenance and repairs.

SunRail will ultimately operate between Poinciana and Deland, and is slated to begin in early 2014. The project will allow periodic and heavy maintenance on SunRail equipment as well as the opportunity to perform heavy repair and wreck repair work. To meet the contract requirements, four fully reimbursable positions will be created to augment the existing shop force.

This contract exemplifies our ongoing efforts to generate revenue through the effective use of our existing asset base.  By capitalizing on this opportunity, nearly $10 million in revenue will be generated for Amtrak over a seven year period.

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