President Joe Biden made a pitch on Friday for his proposed $80 billion to upgrade and expand Amtrak service, saying the rail system is a key to fighting climate change and could further spur the post-pandemic economic recovery.
“When I think about fighting climate change, I think about jobs and rail,” Biden said in Philadelphia. “The expansion of rail provides good union jobs, good-paying jobs. … This is the bargain of bargains of bargains.”
He touted an expanded Amtrak map as helping connect workers with jobs further away from home than they could otherwise travel by car each day.
“I’ve been riding Amtrak as long as there has been an Amtrak,” he said.”Cutting funding for Amtrak would be a disaster for the environment and for the economy.”
“Amtrak carries four times as many riders between Washington and New York City as every single airline does,” Biden said, contending that ending its service along the so-called