President Joe Biden celebrated Amtrak’s fiftieth anniversary Friday, detailing plans for $80 billion in federal spending for the passenger prepare system.
“I’ve been riding an Amtrak for almost as long as there’s been an Amtrak,” Biden mentioned.
The president spoke on the thirtieth Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recalling his lengthy historical past of touring to Delaware on the prepare from Washington, DC, when he was a senator.
He recalled that he solely ended up in Philadelphia if he slept via the Delaware cease.
“I only did it about four times,” Biden mentioned.
Calling out Amtrak officers by identify, Biden spoke in regards to the significance of the prepare system to his every day life.
“Amtrak wasn’t just a way of getting home,” he mentioned. “It provided me, and I’m not joking, [an] entire other family.”
Amtrak is closely sponsored by the federal authorities to maintain afloat, as political figures like Biden dream of restoring rail journey as a most well-liked touring choice. While the elite get pleasure from high-speed journeys aboard the Acela prepare from D.C. to New York City, thousands and thousands of taxpayers assist prop up a system that few will ever use.
Biden promoted his $80 billion funding plan into Amtrak as a part of his infrastructure proposal, which might construct new train routes in cities throughout America.
He urged Americans to dream with him a couple of prepare touring at speeds of 220 miles an hour or trains linking Chicago and Detroit or perhaps a prepare between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which he mentioned might be “pretty popular on Fridays.”
“We have a huge opportunity here to provide fast, safe, reliable, clean transportation in this country,” he said.
Biden mentioned he’s envious of China for its 23,000 miles of high-speed rail, calling for related authorities spending applications.
“We’re behind the curve. But, folks, as I said the other night, America is on the move again,” he mentioned.