BLET applauds appointment of Jo Strang to FRA safety post

The BLET commends the Department of Transportation for its appointment of Jo Strang as Associate Administrator for Safety of the Federal Railroad Administration.

"We worked with Ms. Strang on many issues in the past at the NTSB and in her previous position at the FRA," BLET National President Don M. Hahs said. "I believe that she is an excellent person to fill this post and I look forward to working with her.

"The safety of our nation's railroads is a paramount concern for us. I hope that Ms. Strang continues to be a proactive voice for safety in the industry."

Ms. Strang has served as the FRA Acting Associate Administrator for Safety since October 30, 2005.

She will be primarily responsible for the FRA inspector force that identifies safety problems on the nation's railroads, enforces federal rail safety laws and regulations, and investigates train accidents. She also will play a key role in rail safety research, the development of new regulations, and will report to FRA Administrator Joseph H. Boardman.

She previously served as FRA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Railroad Development, Acting Head of the Office of Research and Development, and Deputy Regional Administrator based in Chicago. In addition, she was an Associate Director for the National Transportation Safety Board's Office of Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials, where she was responsible for railroad and transit accident investigations.

Ms. Strang received a Master of Science degree in economics from Marquette University and a Bachelor's Degree in economics and geology from the University of Cincinnati. She was selected for the position by the Department of Transportation's Executive Resources Review Committee. She currently resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband Shobhik Chaudhuri.


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