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Secretary Buttigieg Statement on Amtrak Leadership Transition

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

“When Amtrak Board elected Bill Flynn as CEO in February 2020, no one could have imagined the challenges that the coming months would bring.  Bill has ably led Amtrak through a period of historic upheaval, working tirelessly to keep workers and riders safe. We are grateful for his service. Now, as Amtrak continues its robust recovery from the pandemic and lays the groundwork to expand and improve service with the resources in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we at the Department of Transportation look forward to working with incoming CEO Stephen Gardner. 
Stephen has spent practically his entire career in rail—beginning as a brakeman and trackworker—and has served as Amtrak's President for the past year. As he steps into this new role, we can be sure that Amtrak, and all who rely on its service, will benefit from his lifetime of expertise in rail and transportation.”