President Biden names an Indian-American for key infrastructure position

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Amit Bose, President Biden’s choice for Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, at the Department of Transportation, the White House announced April 22, 2021. Photo: transportation.gov

On the occasion of Earth Day, April 22, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Amitabha (Amit) Bose for Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation. Bose’s name was among a group of dozen individuals.

“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,” the White House said in a press release.

His leadership in senior-level roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under two secretaries led to the passage of the FAST Act and MAP-21.

Currently, he serves as the Deputy Administrator of the FRA, returning to the agency where he was the Deputy Administrator, Chief Counsel, and Senior Adviser.  During those years, he 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, Bose also held positions in the Transportation Secretary’s office as Associate General Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs.

Before joining DOT, Bose 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 trainsets, and Liberty Corridor, the White House noted.

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.

Bose came to the U.S. when he was just five years old. He grew up in DeKalb County, Georgia.

He has an AB from Columbia College, a Masters in International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a JD from the University of Georgia.  He lives with his family in Arlington, VA.

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