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.

Biden’s son is even on the Amtrak board, and is a big advocate for the agency. In a bit of partisanship, I’ll point out the McCain is not a big fan of Amtrak.

No point to this, but it’s nice to see someone who is an advocate for inter-city rail service getting so much attention. Surely, it’s a lot better than this.

8 Replies to “Biden: Good Pick For Rail”

  1. Without pointing fingers, let’s just say there’s a certain East Coast senator who is widely known to call down to Union Station to get Amtrak to hold the evening train for him when he’s running late.

    But that Biden guy? He’s about as pro-rail as you can get, what with two shops in his state.

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