This integrated business line will bring together all Amtrak funding, policy and planning decisions regarding NEC improvements and ensure that the continued development of high-speed rail is a critical element of Amtrak's plans for the Corridor.
"The NEC is Amtrak's premier asset and expanding high-speed rail service is essential to maximizing its success," said President and CEO Joseph Boardman. "The NEC requires more capacity, greater connectivity and increased operating speeds for all Corridor users. Improving and expanding our high-speed rail capabilities is central to achieving those goals."
Stephen Gardner is the vice president of NEC Infrastructure and Investment Development. Gardner is transitioning to the new role from his position as Amtrak vice president of Policy and Development, the company said.
The new NEC business line is focused on coordinating, managing and developing Amtrak-owned infrastructure in the Northeast to maximize the financial performance of the NEC and to support the current and future operations on the corridor, including Amtrak, commuter and freight railroad service.
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