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The Right Track

A Longtime Amtrak Rider on Why America Will Always Need Trains

From Arrive Magazine, January/February 2010

by Vice President Joe Biden


Photo: Michele Asselin for
Arrive Magazine

Since his days as a U.S. Senator, Vice President Joe Biden has been a faithful Amtrak passenger, traveling along the Northeast Corridor from Wilmington, Delaware, to the nation's capital. In this article, published in the January/February issue of Arrive Magazine, Biden makes an argument for the benefits of passenger rail.


One of the Capitol Hill newspapers estimated that I've taken more than 7,000 round trips on Amtrak over the course of my career. But the one I made on Jan. 17, 2009, was a bit different. When I got there, there were 8,000 people standing in the freezing cold. And I wasn't racing to reach the 7:46 a.m. Metroliner (later, the Acela) that I had taken thousands of times before...