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Amtrak board to meet in St Louis.
Posted by NP Eddie on Thursday, October 27, 2022 4:09 PM

From the "Newswire"--Amtrak Board of Directors to meet in St. Louis and will fly there.  Can't they ride their own trains?  Even a special at that?

 

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Posted by 243129 on Thursday, October 27, 2022 4:55 PM

Why am I not surprised.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, October 27, 2022 7:00 PM

Some tough questions that will not be  asked and if asked will not be answered..

1.  What is the status of each type of rolling stock cars and locos.?  How many of each type are operational and how many not operational ?  What is the schedule of getting the non roadworthy ones fixed and assigned to trains ?

2.  How many OBS persons is Amtrak short ?  When will that be resolved ?

3.  How many rolling stock maintenance persons is Amtrak short ? When will it be resolved ?

4.  How many T&E is Amtrak short ?  Same question ?

5.  Why didn't Amtrack start hiring OCT 1, 2021 with new FY funds?

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Posted by PJS1 on Friday, October 28, 2022 11:24 AM

NP Eddie
 From the "Newswire"--Amtrak Board of Directors to meet in St. Louis and will fly there.  Can't they ride their own trains?  Even a special at that? Ed Burns 

Most board members of a major business (Amtrak is a business albeit not finanancially successful) have risen to a top level position in their organization because among other behaviors they learned how to manage their time effectively.  They don't have the time to ride a train from wherever to St. Louis.  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, October 28, 2022 1:08 PM

PJS1

 NP Eddie

 From the "Newswire"--Amtrak Board of Directors to meet in St. Louis and will fly there.  Can't they ride their own trains?  Even a special at that? Ed Burns
 
Most board members of a major business (Amtrak is a business albeit not finanancially successful) have risen to a top level position in their organization because among other behaviors they learned how to manage their time effectively.  They don't have the time to ride a train from wherever to St. Louis.  
 

 
Actually the board should be on a train.  There should be an in depth meeting to review all the various operations.   Captative  meetings to take the time to review the many operations, future plans, & other items.  Maybe Gardner would then have his feet held to the fire.  
 
Oh wait.  The board members are not really interested.  Just looks good to have their membership on their resume.
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Posted by n012944 on Friday, October 28, 2022 3:16 PM

blue streak 1

 

 
PJS1

 NP Eddie

 From the "Newswire"--Amtrak Board of Directors to meet in St. Louis and will fly there.  Can't they ride their own trains?  Even a special at that? Ed Burns
 
Most board members of a major business (Amtrak is a business albeit not finanancially successful) have risen to a top level position in their organization because among other behaviors they learned how to manage their time effectively.  They don't have the time to ride a train from wherever to St. Louis.  
 

 

 
Actually the board should be on a train.  There should be an in depth meeting to review all the various operations.   Captative  meetings to take the time to review the many operations, future plans, & other items.  Maybe Gardner would then have his feet held to the fire.  
 
Oh wait.  The board members are not really interested.  Just looks good to have their membership on their resume.
 

 

The news wire article did not say they were flying to St Louis.  Where did the OP get that information?

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Posted by PJS1 on Saturday, October 29, 2022 11:51 AM

n012944
 The news wire article did not say they were flying to St Louis.  Where did the OP get that information? 

You are correct.  The News Wire article generated a lot of comments from regular contributors, who assumed that the board members would fly to St. Louis as opposed to taking a train.  This may be what the OP was picking up on.  

The board members live in different states, i.e., California, Illinois, New Jersey, etc.  Getting them to one point, say Washington, D.C., so they could be together on a train to St. Louis would acerbate their time management problems. 

If Amtrak’s board gatherings are anything like the ones that I attended on a regular basis as a subject matter expert (audit, controls, fraud), the members will have ample opportunities for informal meetings before and after the formal meetings to discuss a variety of issues.  The informal get togethers, which usually consist of a social hour and dinner, are opportunities for the members to politic for issues to be decided in the current formal meeting as well as laying the groundwork for presentation at future meetings. 

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