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Airline vet to lead Amtrak in a summer of repairs, reckoning

28 June 2017

A former prosecutor, Anderson most recently was executive chairman of the Delta Air Lines board of directors after serving as the airline's CEO from 2007 to 2016.

"The board also appreciates all that Wick continues to do to improve Amtrak's safety culture and strengthen our operating performance, including the important renewal work at New York Penn Station", Coscia said. Those include the Trump administration's proposal to slash the railroad's federal subsidy, and a rash of track failures at New York's Penn Station that have caused widespread delays and forced a summerlong program of fix work that has angered local politicians.

The repairs, scheduled to take years, were expedited after recent derailments and other problems from decaying infrastructure left hundreds of thousands of commuters delayed throughout the greater New York City area.

Anderson joins Amtrak at a challenging time for the beleaguered intercity passenger railroad, which is largely funded by the federal government.

This announcement comes at a tumultuous time for America's passenger rail provider. Anderson was among the most outspoken US airline industry leaders.

He also was executive vice president at United Healthcare from 2004 to 2007, and CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2001 to 2004, which later merged with Delta.

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"This is particularly unacceptable given the enormous payments made by our states to Amtrak to assure the state of good fix of Penn Station", Cuomo said.

Given his previous jobs at Delta and Northwest, Anderson already brings with him existing relationships with key players on the Hill including members on the House and Senate transportation committees.

As co-CEO, Moorman will remain in charge of Amtrak's ambitious, summer-long effort to fix years of deferred maintenance at its busiest hub, New York's Penn Station. In 2016, Delta reported 209.6 billion miles flown by paying passengers, putting the airline in second place in the USA, behind American Airlines Group Inc.

Anderson, who will join Amtrak July 12, certainly has the smarts and the laser-like business skills that are needed.

Airline vet to lead Amtrak in a summer of repairs, reckoning