Amtrak chair: new pres from the airlines; adios x-country
In an interview mostly notable for its focus on killing long distance rail service (when you hear phrases like "re-evaluate,""scrub," and "nothing is off the table," you're being prepped for an announcement) there was this gem:
"David Laney also told reporters in an interview after a Senate hearing the board probably will not name a new Amtrak president before mid-May but could consider someone from the airline industry to replace David Gunn.
Gunn, an experienced rail executive, was fired last fall after not supporting key elements of the board's business reform plan, which is being driven by the Bush administration."
— Via Reuters
It's not enough that they axed David Gunn for trying to run the system right, now they want to replace him with someone from the airline industry? Oh, well, I guess an airline exec will know a thing or two about running a corporation floated by government subsidies, but other than that, where's the experience base? Is there some merger-downsized-CEO Bush contributor who needs a place to "retire?"
Or just someone with no political aspirations who can take on the job of killing Amtrak and finally removing the alternative to expensive (in the TCO, environmental sense), federally monitored transportation, and funnel that extra traffic back to his former industry.