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Transit official was Amtrak president

December 28, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

George D. Warrington, 55, a former Amtrak president who oversaw the introduction of the national passenger railroad's high-speed service in the Northeast, died Monday at his home in Mendham, N.J., after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Warrington went on to lead New Jersey Transit, one of the nation's busiest rail and bus systems, from 2002 until his resignation in March.

At Amtrak, Warrington presided over the introduction of the Acela Express, a high-speed train linking New York and Washington, D.C. He was president and chief executive of the national rail line from 1998 until 2002.

Born in Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 19, 1952, Warrington earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Syracuse University.

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