of the Amtrak Reform Council's Councilmembers
(Chairman) – is a leading international authority on railroad
and intermodal transportation policy. Appointed to the National
Transportation Policy Study Commission by President Ford during
the Energy Crisis, he chaired its subcommittee on advanced
technology and later served as Federal Railroad Administrator
under President Bush. Currently, he is the Chairman of the
University of Denver's Intermodal Transportation Institute.
Majority Leader Trent Lott appointed him to the Amtrak Reform
Council, of which he is the Chairman.
M. Weyrich (Vice Chairman) – has been a reporter, editor,
publisher, staff assistant for the Senate Transportation Appropriations
Subcommittee, and has served on various boards regarding rail
issues for many years. These include: the Dulles Corridor
Transit Citizens Advisory Committee and the Dulles International
Airport Light Rail Task Force, which he chaired. He also served
as Member of Board of Directors of Amtrak. Currently, he is
President and Founder of Free Congress Foundation, a public
policy think tank. He was appointed to the Amtrak Reform Council
by Majority Leader Trent Lott and elected Vice Chairman by
Chapman – has had an extensive career specializing in
public policy development. He has served as a Seattle City
Council member, Washington State Secretary of State, Director
of U.S. Census Bureau, Deputy Assistant to President Reagan
as Director of White House Planning and Evaluation, and U.S.
Ambassador to the U.N. organization in Vienna. In 1990, he
founded the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, a public policy
center on national and international affairs. He was appointed
to the Amtrak Reform Council by House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Rutledge Connery - is an independent researcher and policy
advisor on infrastructure, transportation, and community development;
her clients included, among others, the U.S. Department of
Transportation and The World Bank. She was appointed to the
Amtrak Advisory Group (the Blue Ribbon Panel) established
by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
During her career, she was the Executive Director at the National
Council on Public Works Improvement, and Manager of the Public
Works Project for the Washington State Department of Community
and Economic Development. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
appointed her to the Amtrak Reform Council.
E. Coston – is the managing partner of the Chicago law
firm Coston & Lichtman where he specializes in equipment
financing. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State
Bar Associations and sits on the Equipment Leasing Subcommittee
of the American Bar Association. Parallel to his legal profession,
he co-founded Chicago’s Twentieth Century Railroad Club and
for 15 years managed its highly successful program of weekend
excursion trains chartered from Amtrak. His guest editorials
on rail service have appeared in, among others, the Chicago
Tribune, Washington Post and USA Today.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle appointed him to the Amtrak
Cox – is a consultant on public transport issues both
in the U.S. and internationally. He served as member of the
Los Angeles County Transportation Commission for both highway
and public transport. Afterwards, he established the Wendell
Cox Consultancy, a firm specializing in international public
policy and demographics. He has advised governments in the
United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Europe on
the design of competitive public transport service delivery.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich appointed him to the Amtrak Reform
K. Gleason – is a financial analyst who is the president
of a family-owned financial services company and also an expert
on state and federal transportation issues. He has served
on the National Motor Carrier Advisory Committee and on the
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee. He was
appointed to the Amtrak Advisory Group (the Blue Ribbon Panel)
established by the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee. He was appointed to the Amtrak Reform Council by
House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Lee Kling – has held an executive position as Chairman
of a commercial banking company and is a senior partner in
a merchant banking firm, and has extensive experience serving
on government commissions. He has served as Finance Chairman
of the Democratic National Committee and also served as National
Treasurer of the Carter-Mondale Re-election Committee. President
Clinton appointed him as a Commissioner on the Defense Base
Closure and Realignment Commission. He chairs the Missouri
Highway and Transportation Commission, and Minority Leader
Richard Gephardt appointed him to the Amtrak Reform Council.
Y. Mineta – is the Secretary of Transportation under the
new Bush Administration. He is a longtime Democratic Congressman
from California, and formally served as the Secretary of Commerce
in the Clinton Administration. As a Congressman, he served
on the House Public Works and Transportation Committee, eventually
becoming its Chairman. He was a key author of the landmark
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA)
which shifted decisions on highway and mass transit planning
to state and local governments. He is an Ex Officio member
of the Amtrak Reform Council who represents the interests
of the Administration.
Charles F. Moneypenny
– currently serves as an International and Legislative Representative
of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) with primary
responsibility in the union’s collective bargaining and government
affairs operations. He also serves as a senior staff leader
in the union’s railroad division where he focuses on collective
bargaining and employee contract enforcement issues. With
more than two decades of service in labor movement, he was
first elected president of the TWU Local 2054 in Boston in
1985 and served in that capacity until 1995 when he was appointed
as an international union representative. President Bill Clinton
appointed him as the labor representative for the Amtrak Reform
O. Norquist – is serving his third term as the mayor of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, one of the country’s growing cities.
He is the author of The Wealth of Cities a book on
urban design, government efficiency and educational issues.
He has been an Adjunct Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He chaired the
National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and
Family Poverty. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton
to the Amtrak Reform Council.
A. Till - (Executive Director) has served, since March
of 1999, as Executive Director of the Amtrak Reform Council.
From 1992-1999 he managed
transport policy planning and investment projects in the former
for the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction
Prior to 1992, he held various positions in the consulting
government, including study director of A Prospectus for Change
Freight Railroad Industry, and, from 1982-1985, Deputy Administrator
Federal Railroad Administration. A veteran of the US Air Force,
degrees in law and political science from Georgetown University,
and a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Air Force Academy.
A Texas native, he is a long-time resident of Virginia.
updated October 17, 2001
The ARC is an independent federal commission established under the Amtrak Reform
and Accountability Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-134).