Revitalizing Amtrak’s Infrastructure and Long-distance network for the 21st Century
Robert Serlin is a recognized expert in moving businesses through their early development stages. Particularly relevant, Mr. Serlin negotiated the purchase and structured the financing of the largest post-Staggers Act regional railroad in the Southeast, designing the restructuring of its operations while maintaining train service continuity, organizing shippers, working with the rail employees and their labor unions, and managing Federal, State and municipal government relations.
About 20 years ago, a Congressionally created Working Group proposed separating Amtrak's owned rail infrastructure from Amtrak's passenger train operations, and essentially returning Amtrak to as it was when created in 1971. A Working Group member -- Mr. Ignacio Jayanti -- enlisted Mr. Serlin to apply his experience in regional development and railroad financing to the Working Group's recommendation, and RAILnet-21 was born.