Here at STB, we generally don’t make endorsements for candidates – though we do make anti-endorsements – but I want to write a post about what a rail enthusiast Joe Biden is ahead of his speech at the Democratic Convention today. Biden commutes to work eachday on Amtrak, and has for 30 years, sponsored the recent Amtrak Reauthorization bill and had this to say about Amtrak:
For 30 years, I have witnessed Congress dangling a carrot in front of Amtrak’s eyes, funding it just enough for it to limp along. And I’ll tell you, this has to stop. Now is the time to commit politically and financially to a strong, safe, and efficient passenger rail system.