Joseph H. Boardman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by the Amtrak Board of Directors, effective November 26, 2008. A record 31.2 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2012 on more than 300 daily trains that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Boardman was a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors and served as the U.S. Federal Railroad (FRA) Administrator, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, since April 28, 2005. As administrator, Mr. Boardman was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations for the organization. This includes managing comprehensive safety programs and regulatory initiatives; enforcement of FRA safety regulations; development and implementation of national freight and passenger rail policy; and oversight of diverse research and development activities in support of improved railroad safety.
Prior to joining the FRA, Mr. Boardman served as the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) beginning July 1997 and led a major transformation effort that has better enabled the agency to respond to the challenges associated with an ever-expanding global marketplace. He has served in the transportation industry for over 30 years with experience in city, county, state and federal government. In addition, he owned his own transportation management company. He is a former chairman of both the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT).
Mr. Boardman is a native of New York State and is the second of eight children born and raised on a dairy farm in Oneida County. In 1966, he volunteered for military service in the U. S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam in 1968 - 1969. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture economics from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in management science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.