Amtrak taps former freight railroad head to be new CEO

The former head of the Norfolk Southern freight railroad, Charles "Wick" Moorman, has been tapped to be president and CEO of Amtrak, the nation's passenger railroad, Amtrak officials said Friday.

Moorman's ties to the freight rail industry should help strengthen the company's relationships with those railroads, said Anthony Coscia, Amtrak's chairman.

Amtrak owns most of the track it operates on in the busy Northeast Corridor, but throughout most of the rest of the country it operates on tracks owned by freight railroads. Amtrak envisions creating a network of interconnected rail corridors that would allow the company to expand passenger service to more...