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Moorman tapped as Amtrak CEO

Charles “Wick” Moorman was selected as the new president and CEO of Amtrak, according to the Southern Rail Commission.

Moorman was the longtime head of Norfolk Southern Corporation, and will head the nation’s lead in passenger rail.

SRC Chairman Greg White said the commission is encouraged by the appointment of Moorman.

“His appointment extends a long tradition of presidents with a track record of supporting a national, holistic passenger rail network that includes the booming northeast corridor, state-supported routes and critical long distance service,” White said in a statement. “As the group responsible for the development and expansion of passenger rail in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, the Southern Rail Commission is also proud to see a native Mississippian take the helm of our nation’s passenger rail system.”

Moorman spent almost his entire career at Norfolk Southern, and is a railroader who understands the value of providing reliable, on time performance to customers, White said.

“With passenger rail ridership reaching levels not seen in decades, and the demand growing for new and expanded service in untapped markets, we welcome Moorman’s commitment to rail capital investments and his track record of working in good faith with Amtrak to provide quality service to riders,” White said.

At present, efforts are being made to return passenger rail service to Atmore and along the Gulf Coast.

White said the SRC is eager to work with Moorman to bring new passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast.

The SRC engages and informs public and private rail interests to support and influence southeast passenger rail initiatives. The SRC promotes the safe, reliable and efficient movement of people and goods to enhance economic development along rail corridors; provide transportation choices; and facilitate emergency evacuation routes.

-Special to the Advance