Aviation Veteran called to help Railroad
From Tombstone Agency to leading Transportation Safety
Reason to be Proud, but No Complacency
There once was a time, 20 years ago, when a public official declared that the FAA was the “tombstone agency.” At a recent NTSB hearing, the safety skills of aviation were noted as exemplary.” We’ve gone a long way!”
Richard Anderson, formerly CEO of Delta, was hired by Amtrak to address the railroad’s safety deficiencies. As noted at the hearing, to strengthen the company’s focus on its most important mission, he brought in Kenneth Hylander to be his Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer
That appointment was acknowledged by the Board; most likely because of Hylander’s resume:
Impressive experience and as much as his aviation colleagues should feel pride in his selection, Hylander would admonish all to redouble our efforts. There is no complacency in safety culture.
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