Today I was a passenger on the Crescent; Amtrak train #20. The Crescent travels back and forth from New York to New Orleans daily. I boarded the train in Meridian, Ms on my way to Atlanta. As I began to get on the train, a woman in an Amtrak uniform approached me to stamp my ticket. She noticed that we had the same last name. I asked her what was her position, without looking at her name tag. She proudly said, “I’m the Conductor!”. I have been a passenger of this train countless times. And I have never met a female Conductor. I was so excited. I began to read all of the brochures in my sleeper cabin and found the job descriptions of the staff. The Conductor is responsible for the entire On-Board Services staff as well as ticket collection, the safety of passengers and the safe operation of the train. My trip was a little nicer this time. I have an enormous amount of pride and respect for Conductor Hicks. I want to commend Amtrak for promoting women to this position. And I encourage women to consider railroad careers. I was more at ease knowing that a woman was in charge!