National Press Club

Amtrak CEO Boardman at NPC Luncheon on Friday, head table seats available

January 6, 2014 | By Matt Mlynarczyk |

Amtrak President & CEO Joseph H. Boardman will discuss passenger rail issues and federal transportation funding in a speech entitled “Bringing Transportation Funding into the 21st Century” at a National Press Club Luncheon on Friday, Jan. 10.

Boardman was appointed to his current position in November 2008 after serving as Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors. Prior to his position at FRA, he was the longest serving Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation.

Amtrak has enjoyed record ridership in 10 of the last 11 years, along with record ticket revenues. New electric locomotives and long-distance cars are being built to enter service this year and there are plans to relieve the passenger rail bottleneck at New York moving forward. Federal funding for Amtrak is a continuing issue and Boardman will address it during his remarks.

The luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 2:00 p.m. Luncheon tickets cost $22 for NPC members and up to one guest, and $36 for non-members.

Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation. To reserve tickets, please click here. For questions regarding reservations, please email or call (202) 662-7501.

Club Members who wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must RSVP separately to 48 hours before the event. Space may be limited. Members must have a paid reservation to the luncheon to attend the VIP reception.

There are also two head table seats still available to NPC members who either cover passenger rail or related issues. Please email luncheon organizer Matt Mlynarczyk at the address above.

To submit a question in advance, put BOARDMAN in the subject line and email to before 10:00 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.

Upcoming Luncheons:

Jan. 9 - Gen. Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Jan. 15 - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Jan. 22 - DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association