Amtrak has appointed Laura Mason as Executive Vice President of Major Program Delivery, a new organization responsible for the largest infrastructure, fleet and station projects.
She will join Amtrak’s leadership team on June 28, coordinating with Amtrak stakeholders and external partners to successfully deliver large-scale, complex projects in compliance with all safety, regulatory, and program management and reporting requirements.
Mason has served Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for five years. Her most recent position: Executive Vice President of Capital Delivery, responsible for project management, engineering and construction of major capital projects, infrastructure renewal, capital program planning, and the scheduling and contracting strategy for WMATA’s capital program. As Chief of Maintenance of Way Engineering, Mason drove rail safety and reliability through improved maintenance, track allocation and new technology. From 2016-17, she was director of SafeTrack, a yearlong emergency track work program to accelerate three years’ work into one year. Prior to WMATA, Mason spent 12 years at Bechtel Corp.
“As we celebrate 50 years of connecting America, we must also look to the country’s future transportation needs and challenges,” Amtrak President Stephen Gardner said. “With well over $40 billion of critical infrastructure, station and fleet investments in the planning and development phase, Laura will bring focused executive experience and leadership to the task of turning our ambitious plans into reality.”