President Joe Biden celebrated Amtrak’s 50th anniversary Friday, detailing plans for $80 billion in federal spending for the passenger train system.
“I’ve been riding an Amtrak for almost as long as there’s been an Amtrak,” Biden said.
The president spoke at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recalling his long history of traveling to Delaware on the train from Washington, DC, when he was a senator.
He recalled that he only ended up in Philadelphia if he slept through the Delaware stop.
“I only did it about four times,” Biden said.
Calling out Amtrak officials by name, Biden spoke about the importance of the train system to his daily life.
“Amtrak wasn’t just a way of getting home,” he said. “It provided me, and I’m not joking, [an] entire other family.”
Amtrak is heavily subsidized by the federal government to keep afloat, as political figures like