Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo
announced his resignation, effective at the end of the year, and his intent to join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning as a senior fellow.
Szabo is expected to focus on working with elected officials and the railroad industry to help expedite and increase funding for infrastructure projects that are aimed at easing congestion involving freight carriers, Metra and South Shore Line commuter trains, and Amtrak trains.
APTA President/CEO Michael Melaniphy released the following statement:
"Joseph Szabo has been an outstanding administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and has championed many issues critical to the commuter railroad industry. Because of him, our industry is safer. As a fifth generation railroader, he has put safety first in all his policies and initiatives related to commuter rail and has been a strong and fervent supporter for high-speed and intercity rail.
"Joe Szabo has also been very accessible to the industry, participating in many meetings and conferences. On behalf of the 1,500 member organizations of the American Public Transportation Association, we thank him for his exemplary service to the citizens of the United States and wish him well in his new endeavors."