Former Amtrak President Joe Boardman, Dec. 23, 1948 – March 7, 2019

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; March 7, 2019

Joseph H. Boardman, former Amtrak President and CEO and Federal Railroad Administrator, and Railway Age’s 2014 Railroader of the Year, died March 7, 2019, of a stroke while vacationing with his family in Florida. He was 70.

Boardman was the longest-serving Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, from July 1997 until resigning to head the FRA in 2005. He was the second-longest serving head of Amtrak, after W. Graham Claytor, Jr. in the 1980s, serving from 2008 to 2016.

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