Thomas Downs2
  • Non-Executive Director
  • North America

Thomas Downs

Thomas is one of North America’s most experienced rail figures having worked in the industry for more than 38 years. 

After beginning his career as a White House Fellow serving as an Executive Assistant to the US Secretary of Transportation, Tom served as the Associate Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration and as the Executive Director of the Federal Transit Administration. Tom was then appointed the Director of the Washington DC, Department of Transportation (DoT), where he served for six years as the City Administrator. 

Om leaving the Washington DC DoT, Tom was appointed as President of the Tri Borough Bridge & Tunnel Authority of New York and selected by the Governor of New Jersey to be the State Commissioner of Transportation. In that role Tom also served as the Chairman of the Board of New Jersey Transit. 

In 1993, Tom was appointed as Chairman and President of Amtrak, the National Passenger Railroad and served in that role until 1998. Tom then served as President of the Eno Transportation Foundation, the foremost transportation foundation in the United States. 

In his most recent role Tom became a member of the Board of the Washington Metro system from 2011 to 2015; the last two of which were as Chairman. 

Tom's railway experience brings industry-specific experience to the board. 

Memberships 

Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA)