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[December 31, 2012]
Amtrak names new chief transportation officer
Dec 31, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Amtrak, a provider of intercity passenger rail services, has named David Nichols as its new chief transportation officer who will be responsible for setting, managing and maintaining operating rules and policies to ensure that all train operations meet federal rail safety requirements and the company's business needs.
Other duties of Mr Nichols include the management of training and certification for locomotive engineers and conductors as well as overseeing the Host Railroads group.
Mr Nichols brings 33 years of Amtrak experience to this chief transportation officer position, having joined the company in 1979 as a block operator and most recently served as senior director, operating practices. He will continue to bring to Amtrak his knowledge base of the regulatory landscape, working relationships and key operating issues at a pivotal time for the company.
Mr Nichols will use this experience to bring a total business and safety focus to all business lines and will work closely with the general managers for Northeast Corridor, State-Supported and Long-Distance services to improve train operating procedures in order to conserve fuel and lower operating cost, among other initiatives. In addition, he will have a close working relationship with other groups within the company, including the teams responsible for safety, revenue management, customer service, fleet maintenance and human capital.
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