FRA''s Rutter Resigns

FRA''s Rutter Resigns

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Federal Railroad Administrator Allan Rutter said he will resign his post as head of the FRA in mid-June and has accepted a position as Deputy Executive Director of the North Texas Tollway Authority.

"It was a difficult decision, but ultimately it is what is best for my family," Rutter said. "The opportunity to serve President Bush as FRA Administrator has been truly an honor and a privilege and one of the great experiences of my life."

Rutter, a native of Texas, was nominated by President Bush in May 2001 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2001. He previously served as Transportation Policy Director in Texas under then-Governor Bush.

Rutter moved forward several administrative rules that had been pending for years at the FRA, including locomotive train horn noise standards and processor-based train control systems. He was also credited with improving management of federal appropriations to Amtrak through the use of grants.

"I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Transportation Secretary Mineta and all FRA management and staff for working with me to make real and substantive progress to improve the overall safety of this nation''s rail network," Rutter said. "Together, we have achieved significant results."

FRA sources were not immediately available for comment on Rutter''s resignation or whether a successor had been named.