EngineerAU Supporting Member
- Sep 15, 2017
Do Amtrak board members get paid?
I'm only two sentences in and you've already claimed political payback twice, so where is your evidence these people bought their nominations?There was a Trains article on the nominations Biden made today, and it looks like a bunch of political payback with no relevant experience, and not much representation outside of the Northeast. For instance, there’s an urban housing person and an AFL/CIO person on there.. That reeks of political payback more than qualifications for nomination to a supposedly important transportation post.
Is Amtrak's current board full of urban housing planners, union management, and ADA lawyers or is this specious reasoning?On the surface, it looks like new board, more of the same.
I hate it when I catch my auto mechanic secretly making a career out of vehicle repairs. It's almost as if he doesn't know any other way to maintain my sedan.How disappointing. But if Biden has proven anything, it’s that he’s a career politician. He doesn’t know any other way.
It’s not an encouraging group, to be honest. Mostly Northeasterners, mostly political payback.
if there’s a transportation expert in the mix there – I don’t see them…
Well, one qualification they definitely have in their favor (with the exception of one) is that at least they’re a different board.
I don’t think it’s necessary to pit the NEC vs the national network. Both are important and have their roleWith the same board chair, this could be a 7-1 board in favor of NEC when all is said and done.
I would happily give them the chance, but Coscia and Gardner appear not to.It ultimately boils down to the same thing.
If they give that same attention to the NEC (not being ignorant about, understanding, and paying constructive attention to it), balance that with the same considerations for the LD network and make decisions accordingly, they will be seen as pro-NEC / anti-LD and as wanting to kill the LD trains.
Nothing is of course precluding Biden from nominating the remaining seats once these 5 are seated. Do the board seats for the long distance and state supported trains state that they have to be states that ONLY have such service or could someone from a state that sees two or even all three business lines represent any of the three categories? Of the NEC states: Massachusetts has all three business lines. Rhode Island has NEC only. Connecticut has NEC and state supported. New York has all three, New Jersey sees both NEC and Long Distance, Pennsylvania sees all three, Delaware has NEC and Long Distance, Maryland has NEC and Long Distance, DC has NEC and Long Distance.
Only the President gets to do the nominating. Republicans give their slate to the President to nominate. Trains articles can and do contain errors from time to time.I don’t think that’s correct. The Trains article I read said that the Republicans will nominate the remaining seats.
I believe there is a requirement for a certain party split on the board. Biden is likely allowing Senate Republicans to choose three picks who he will then nominate after they indicate their selections. Correcting myself on saying 5 picks before - 2 of the 10 member board are Gardner and Secretary Buttigieg (I'm guessing he can also send a designee) who serve ex officio. I suspect a few of the pro Amtrak GOP Senators will likely have a prime role in selecting these picks.I don’t think that’s correct. The Trains article I read said that the Republicans will nominate the remaining seats.
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