Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Passenger Rail Authority’

Stadtler to Head Virginia Rail Authority

April 15, 2021

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority has named a former Amtrak executive as its executive director.

Appointed was Donald A. Stadtler Jr., who worked at Amtrak for 12 years. His positions at the intercity rail carrier included chief financial officer, chief operations officer, and chief administrative officer.

The Virginia agency, created last year, has a mandate to promote, sustain, and expand passenger and commuter rail service in the state.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine said in a statement that Stadtler’s appointment represents an opportunity for the state to focus on customer service, safety, and performance.

2 Retired NS Executives Join Virginia Passenger Rail Board

October 28, 2020

Two retired Norfolk Southern executives have been appointed to the board of directors of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority.

Charles “Wick” Moorman, formerly served as NS chief executive officer and president of Amtrak. He joins Deborah Butler Painter on the board who also was with NS.

The 15-member board held its first meeting Monday. It is overseeing the efforts to improve rail transportation in the state.

That is expected to include the purchase of track and right of way from CSX as part of a project to create a passenger corridor linking Virginia and North Carolina.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine told board members that the agreement with CSX is not yet final due to delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board will also need to search for an executive director, create organizational bylaws, and approve a memorandum of understanding to set types of assistance and fees for help that the Department of Rail and Public Transportation can provide while the authority is developing the ability to function independently.

The board will have 12 voting members selected by the governor and ex-officio members representing Amtrak and commuter agency Virginia Railway Express.