Thomas Mulligan, who recently retired as Director-Passenger Operations for Union Pacific, is the recipient of Railway Age's 2010 W. Graham Claytor, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation. Mulligan will receive the award on Oct. 19 at the magazine’s 17th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference in Washington, D.C.
“At Union Pacific, Tom Mulligan forged an historic partnership with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority to improve regional passenger rail service in northern California,” said Railway Age Editor William C. Vantuono. “Tom and Gene Skoropowski, who recently retired as Managing Director of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, worked closely together on service and schedule enhancements and capital investment programs that are benefitting both operations. The Capitol Corridor is arguably the finest example of a freight railroad/passenger rail cooperative agreement in North America—a model that others should follow.” Skoropowski, a prior Graham Claytor Award recipient, is now Director of Rail & Transit Services for HNTB Corp.
Mulligan was an operations executive at Union Pacific for close to 40 years, with experience in management, transportation, dispatching, budgeting, and operations administration at the division, district, and corporate level. Among his responsibilities were rules compliance, contract negotiations, budget control, expense control, strategic planning, and functioning as the corporate liaison for freight and passenger rail operations. Over the course of his railroading career, he developed an excellent reputation for improving operations and cost controls, and raising customer satisfaction levels.
Mulligan has served on the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board in developing a guidebook, released in June 2010, with best practices for shared-use passenger and freight corridors. He is a member of the Federal Railroad Administration RSAC (Railroad Safety Advisory Committee) and served on the Nebraska Transit and Rail Advisory Council from 2004 to 2006. The Council produced the current Rail Corridor Transit Study used by the Nebraska State Legislature to develop commuter rail programs in the eastern part of the state.
Mulligan now serves on the Omaha City Council. He is a native of Omaha and a 4th generation Nebraskan.