Rail Passengers Association Remembers CSX CEO Hunter Harrison’s Love For Railroading
December 18, 2017
For Immediate Release (17-19)
December 18, 2017
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Washington D.C. - Following the passing of CSX CEO Hunter Harrison on Saturday, December 16, Rail Passengers Association President and CEO Jim Mathews said:
"The Rail Passengers Association notes with sadness the passing of CSX's Hunter Harrison. Always controversial and always challenging, his love of railroading and his successes mark him as a giant in the field. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Jeannie, and two daughters."
Harrison, who was 73 when he passed, was appointed to the top position at CSX in March, after spending his entire career in the railroad industry. Hunter was previously the CEO of Illinois Central Railroad, Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway.
About the Rail Passengers Association
The Rail Passengers Association is the oldest and largest national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the U.S. Our mission is to work towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. Our work is supported by more than 28,000 individual members nationwide.
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