Amtrak taps former Delta CEO Richard Anderson to lead agency

Wick Moorman plans to step down by the end of the year

Richard Anderson (Credit Getty Images)
Richard Anderson (Credit Getty Images)

After the “summer of hell” at Penn Station, Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman plans to step down.

Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson will take over for Moorman in January and will serve as Amtrak’s co-CEO alongside his predecessor until the end of December, Politico reported. The changeup comes as Amtrak prepares to begin a series of repairs at Penn Station that are expected to cause significant disruptions for commuters.

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Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the schedule changes would result in a “summer of hell.” The governor has also been pushing to shift control of Penn Station away from Amtrak.

The leadership change also comes as Amtrak and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are trying to find a way to kickstart the long-delayed Gateway tunnel project. The new tunnel from New York to New Jersey is expected to cost $20 billion, but the status of much-needed federal funding isn’t clear.

Amtrak brings in more than $100 million each year from its real estate assets across the country. The company has begun exploring development opportunities in several locations. That includes a deal to redevelop the Farley Post Office near Penn Station, which Vornado Realty Trust [TRDataCustom] and Related Companies were tapped to take on last year. The new Amtrak train hall is expected to be completed by 2020. [Politico] — Kathryn Brenzel