In a letter addressed to company employees, Amtrak President Joe Boardman announced the creation of a High-Speed Rail Department, to be led by a vice president reporting directly to Boardman himself.“Specifically, this department will work on the planning and development activities that will allow us to significantly increase operating speeds above 150 mph (240 kph) on the Northeast Corridor,” Boardman wrote. “It will also pursue partnerships with states and others in the passenger rail industry to develop federally-designated high-speed rail corridors such as the new projects moving forward in California and Florida.”
“Amtrak’s leadership in this area is reaffirmed in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 and we must make every effort to remain in that position,” Boardman (pictured above left) noted.
“The increasing demand for passenger rail service means we will face new competition from companies all over the world, but we have several strategic advantages that we must not waste. We have assets, partnerships, and knowledge that others do not. And most importantly we have an extremely skilled team of employees that is unmatched,” Boardman said.