Amit Bose gets Senate confirmation as 15th Federal Railroad Administrator

Washington, DC: Indian American attorney Amit Bose has been confirmed as the 15th Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, the US Department of Transportation announced Jan. 13. 

Nominated by President Biden on April 22, 2021, Bose, currently serving as Deputy Administrator, was confirmed by the US Senate on Jan. 12, and is the first person of South Asian descent to lead FRA. 

“From his work with New Jersey Transit to his leadership at FRA during two administrations, Amit has spent his distinguished career supporting America’s railways,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Amit’s experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to implement the president’s historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which includes the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak.” 

In his role, Bose will lead FRA’s safety regulatory oversight of more than 800 freight and passenger railroads, national rail policy, planning and environmental activities, as well as the agency’s financial assistance grant programs. Bose will also oversee FRA programs to improve and modernize the nation’s freight and passenger rail network by administering a $66 billion investment in rail projects under the BIL. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve Secretary Buttigieg and the Biden-Harris Administration,” said Bose, in the announcement. “America’s railroads are an indispensable part of our transportation system and national economy.” 

Bose previously worked at HNTB, an architectural and engineering firm; the US Department of Transportation during the Obama-Biden Administration as FRA’s Director of Governmental Affairs, Senior Advisor, Chief Counsel, and ultimately as Deputy Administrator. He also served in the Office of the Secretary as Associate General Counsel and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs. Previously, Bose worked for New Jersey Transit, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, as a transportation staffer in the US Congress, and in private practice in Georgia where he focused on land use, environmental and municipal law. 

Originally from Bihar, India, Bose earned 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. 

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