Then-Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman addressed attendees during an appearance at our 2013 Regional Meeting in Boston.

Amtrak announced today that former President and CEO Joseph Boardman, 70, died today after having a stroke March 5:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Boardman.”
“Joe, during his tenure as FRA administrator, Amtrak board member and Amtrak president & CEO, was a tireless advocate for passenger rail and the nation’s mobility. During his eight years at the helm, Joe helped the company make significant progress in reducing our debt, improving our infrastructure and raising our cost recovery performance.”
“He leaves a lasting legacy that includes public service and making passenger rail transportation better for millions of people.”
Click here to read tributes from Trains Magazine and Railway Age.
Relatives and friends may call at the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut St., Rome, NY 13440 on Thursday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15 at St. Paul’s Church, 1807 Bedford St., Rome, NY 13440. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 285, Taberg, NY 13471 and will take place in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Boardman’s memory to Unity Acres, 2290 County Route 2, P.O. Box 153, Orwell, NY 13426; Health Friends, 1119 Elm St., Utica, NY 13501; or to the Epilepsy Foundation.
To read Boardman’s official obituary or to leave condolences, click here.

Joe Boardman

We talk a lot about our national debt. But the largest debt we owe is to those who will come after us in this nation. Our fulfillment of that debt should underpin the actions we take right now.

Our national infrastructure forms the bedrock foundation upon which our economic future is built as America competes in the global marketplace. Railroads — both passenger and freight — are essential elements in the national transportation network that will help deliver future economic growth to communities across the country.

But for the rail network to function at its best, the rail industry must further improve safety.

Read more at USA Today.