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President Biden Nominates Indian American as Administrator of Federal Railroad Administration

President Biden Nominates Indian American as Administrator of Federal Railroad Administration

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  • Amitabha ‘Amit’ Bose has spent nearly two decades in public service working to build a better, safer, and more sustainable transportation system.

President Biden has nominated Amitabha ‘Amit’ Bose as administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in the Department of Transportation. Bose’s nomination along with 11 others was announced on April 22, Earth Day. The White said the individuals were chosen “to serve and further the Biden Administration’s commitment to a modern sustainable infrastructure and clean energy future.”

Bose currently serves as the deputy administrator of the FRA, returning to the agency where he was the deputy administrator, chief counsel, and senior adviser. The White House says Bose has “spent nearly two decades in public service working to build a better, safer, and more sustainable transportation system that provides opportunity to communities across the United States.”

He worked in leadership roles at the DOT and FRA under two secretaries and contributed to the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or FAST Act and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21 Act, to govern U.S. federal surface transportation spending. While working at the FRA, he also guided the agency through the implementation of Positive Train Control, implementation and oversight of the $10 billion intercity passenger rail program, and alcohol and drug testing.

Throughout the Obama-Biden administration, he also held positions in the Transportation Secretary’s office as Associate General Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs. 

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Before joining DOT, he worked for New Jersey Transit, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and U.S. Congress as a transportation staffer. He has been involved in some of the highest profile rail and transportation projects, including: the Northeast Corridor Gateway Program, California High- Speed Rail, Acela 2021 and Liberty Corridor. In addition to his decades in the public sector, he previously worked at HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm, and advanced transportation and safety projects. He served as board chair of the Coalition for the Northeast Corridor and on the New Jersey Restart and Recovery Advisory Council.  

After arriving in the United State at age 5, Bose grew up in DeKalb County, Georgia.  He has an AB from Columbia College, a MIA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Georgia.  He resides with his family in Arlington, Virginia. 

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