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Boardman was the longest-serving Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, from July 1997 until resigning to head the FRA in 2005. He was the second-longest serving head of Amtrak, after W. Graham Claytor, Jr. in the 1980s, serving from 2008 to 2016.
Boardman was a lifelong resident of New York State. He was the second of eight children born and raised on a dairy farm in Oneida County that two of his siblings currently operate. In 1966, he volunteered for military service in the United States Air Force, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics from Cornell University, and a Master of Science Degree in Management Science from Binghamton University.
Boardman was in the transportation industry for more than 40 years with experience in city, county and state government. In addition, he owned his own transportation management company. He was former chairman of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standing Committee on Rail Transportation (SCORT).
Railway Age Capitol Hill Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner, whose relationship with Boardman dates to Boardman’s time as New York State Transportation Commissioner, frequently visited with Boardman, and spent a day with him at his home in upstate New York last June. “He was a man of deep religious faith who cared deeply about those in all walks of life.”
This article first appeared on www.railwayage.com
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