“Amtrak Joe” Biden Gets His Own Train Station

By Jaketapper

Mar 16, 2011 10:23am

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:  Vice President Biden, perhaps the nation’s most famous Amtrak passenger, will soon have his own personal train station.  Amtrak announced last week that the newly renovated Wilmington train station will now be known as the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Railroad Station.  There will be a dedication ceremony on Saturday that is open to the public.  The Wilmington Amtrak station, the 12th busiest in the country, just wrapped up a two-year $37.7 million renovation project, which included $20 million in federal stimulus money. Until last month, Biden was the Obama Administration’s point person overseeing the disbursement and management of the stimulus funds.  Biden often boasts that he took over 7,000 round trips on Amtrak between Delaware and Washington, D.C. during his 36 years in the Senate.  Instead of moving full-time to the nation’s capital, Biden would make the daily 1 hour, 15 minute commute in order to be home with his young children in Delaware.  Even after his move to the vice presidency, which comes with the flashy motorcades, Air Force planes and Marine helicopters, Biden continued to advocate for his beloved rail system. In 2009, the vice president announced that Amtrak would receive $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money to expand passenger rail capacity, calling the system “an absolute national treasure and necessity.”   

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