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Biden nominates former FRA chief Batory and Idaho transportation official Clegg to the Amtrak board

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Biden nominates former FRA chief Batory and Idaho transportation official Clegg to Amtrak board – Trains
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will appoint former Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ron Batory and Elaine Marie Clegg, CEO of Valley Regional Transit in Ada and Canyon counties in Idaho, as members of the Amtrak Board of Directors, the White House announced today ( May 2nd). Batory, now a resident of New Mexico, and Clegg of Boise, Idaho, […]Read more…

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News and Reviews Newswire Biden nominates former FRA chief Batory and Idaho transportation official Clegg to the Amtrak board

Two Western residents' nominees will address concerns about the board's geographic makeup

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Former FRA Administrator Ron Batory is nominated to serve on the Amtrak board. David Lassen

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will appoint former Federal Railroad Administration Administrator Ron Batory and Elaine Marie Clegg, CEO of Valley Regional Transit in Ada and Canyon counties in Idaho, as members of the Amtrak Board of Directors, the White House announced today ( May 2nd).

Batory, now based in New Mexico, and Clegg, of Boise, Idaho, would help fill geographic requirements that have been a stumbling block in filling board vacancies [see “Senators challenge Northeast Corridor tilt of Amtrak board nominees …,” Trains News Wire, April 26, 2023, and “Senate confirms three nominees …,” News Wire, Jan. 24, 2024].

Batory's extensive rail industry resume spans more than 45 years and includes stints as president of the Belt Railway of Chicago and CEO of Conrail Shared Assets. He also recently served as trustee of the CP-Kansas City Southern Voting Trust and oversaw KCS prior to the approval of the CPKC merger. From February 2018 to January 2021, he served as FRA Administrator, overseeing, among other things, the implementation of positive train control and the publication of a final regulatory on-time performance by Amtrak on host rail routes.

Amtrak board candidate Elaine Clegg in front of the Boise Depot, the 1925 Union Pacific train station that is now a municipal event facility. Valley Regional Transit

Clegg served 25 years in public service focused on transportation and land use, including nearly 20 years on the Boise City Council; She has been CEO of Valley Regional Transit since February 2023.

“I am deeply honored that the Biden-Harris Administration will have this opportunity to join the Amtrak Board of Directors and contribute to the advancement of rail transportation in our country,” Clegg said in a press release. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure Amtrak continues to meet the needs of passengers and communities across America. It is particularly exciting to have the chance to be there and represent the West in its pursuit of rail expansion at this time when passenger rail is making a comeback.”

Both nominees must be confirmed by the Senate and serve five-year terms.

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