WASHINGTON – Amtrak Chairman Tony Coscia and President and CEO Joe Boardman issued the following statement:
“Amtrak congratulates Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on his confirmation today by the U.S. Senate. He will play a pivotal role in providing critical federal investments for advancing intercity and high-speed passenger rail projects that enhance service, improve reliability, expand capacity, reduce trip-times and increase speeds.
“We also welcome Secretary Foxx to the Amtrak board of directors where he will help shape the future of America’s Railroad and further improve our record-breaking financial and operational performance.
“As a former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., an Amtrak-served community, we believe Secretary Foxx understands that intercity passenger rail is a vital and necessary part of the national transportation network and provides mobility, connectivity, and economic development across America in rural communities, small and medium sized towns, and major cities.
“The Amtrak family welcomes Secretary Foxx aboard and we look forward to working with him to deliver more and better intercity and high-speed passenger rail service to the nation.”
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