26.04.2012 [WGME] - DavidGunn, who had run transit systems in New York City and Washington, was named president of Amtrak, the troubled national rail passenger service. Five years ago: The Senate joined the House, 51-46, in clearing legislation calling for the withdrawal
Host Steve Inskeep speaks with DavidGunn, former president of Amtrak. The railway's board claimed that Gunn's enthusiasm for the job had waned since he assumed the head of that company three years ago. Gunn contends that his firing was the result of political disagreement.
DavidGunn was never a fan of Moynihan Station. When he was president of Amtrak during the early George W. Bush years, he pulled the railroad out of the project, which seeks to recreate the glory of the old Pennsylvania Station in the James Farley Post Office across Eighth Avenue.
David L. Gunn, who had previously headed the largest transit systems in both the United States and Canada, was named president and CEO of Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, effective May 15, 2002. Gunn, who served in the U. S. Naval Reserve, was president of the New York City Transit Authority from 1984-1990 and was chief general manager of the Toronto Transit Commission from 1995-1999.