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Amtrak says it has selected the former head of the Norfolk Southern freight railroad, Charles “Wick” Moorman, to be president and CEO of the nation’s passenger railroad.

Amtrak Chairman Anthony Coscia said Friday that Moorman’s ties to the freight rail industry should help strengthen the company’s relationships with those railroads.

Amtrak owns most of the track it operates on in the busy Northeast Corridor, but operates throughout most of the rest of the country on tracks owned by freight railroads.

Moorman, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was president and CEO of Norfolk Southern Railway from 2004 to 2013.

He succeeds Joseph Boardman, a former head of the Federal Railroad Administration, who has led Amtrak since 2008. Boardman had previously announced his intention to retire.

This article was written by Joan Lowy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Photo Credit: Amtrak's hiring of Charles "Wick" Moorman as its new president and CEO is a smart move for an organization trying to redefine itself and expand its network. Amtrak