Biden promotes $16B rail project in home state of Delaware

 November 7, 2023

President Joe Biden promoted his administration's $18 billion railroad plan during a visit to his home state of Delaware on Monday.

The massive project is designed to improve 25 passenger train projects between Boston and Washington.

Biden's remarks

“Why, in the United States of America, do we not have the best rail system in the world?” Biden asked, according to the Associated Press.

“There’s so much more we can do to better the environment and quality of life," he added.

Massive funding

"The funding for the rail improvements comes from the roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law that Biden signed nearly two years ago, one of several legislative achievements he’s trumpeting in a presidential race that could feature a rematch against former President Donald Trump," ABC News reported.

"From the law, Amtrak will get about $66 billion in new investments, according to the White House," it continued.

Union connections

"The new funding includes $3.8 billion to help expand the Hudson River Tunnel between New Jersey and New York, and $4.7 billion to replace the train tunnel passing under parts of Baltimore, smoothing passage through what White House officials called the busy Northeast Corridor’s largest bottleneck," Delaware Online reported.

"Those projects would account for 100,000 union jobs, according to the White House," it noted.

The president's commitment to Amtrak and to union jobs was clear in the decision that includes massive dollars earmarked to both efforts.

The announcement is a win for Biden ahead of the 2024 elections. He has long focused on being a union-friendly president.

His emphasis on rail travel is also part of the administration's climate change focus that seeks to improve mass transit.

The efforts from the longtime Amtrak fan will go a long way to please union supporters but focuses largely on only one area of the country where Democrats are already expected to win. Nationally, Biden's approval rating has been near historic lows, with former President Donald Trump leading Republican contenders in a potential rematch next year against Biden that would likely be a close battle for the president's efforts at a second term.

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