Republicans keep riding the “Trump Train,” but President Joe Biden is boosting real trains and real jobs. Amtrak is seeing demand rebound from the pandemic and, thanks to the current Administration, is adding train service:
Amtrak has a goal of doubling its ridership by 2040 to achieve 65 million riders, and predicts it can fully recover the 33 million riders it recorded before the pandemic by 2024.
Adding new and more frequent service is essential to achieving that kind of growth, and Amtrak is preparing to oversee billions in capital work over the next several decades. It will get $22 billion in direct aid from the federal infrastructure package. Another $44 billion goes toward competitive transit grants that states can tap into for various rail proposals — with Northeast Corridor projects eligible to receive up to $32 billion, [CEO Stephen] Gardner said [Danielle Muoio Dunn and Janaki Chadha, “After a ‘Near Death’ Experience, Amtrak Prepares for Rapid Growth,” Politico, 2022.08.08].
The Biden Train puts real people to work:
With the windfall of federal dollars from the infrastructure law, Amtrak is pursuing major projects along the Northeast Corridor — Amtrak’s Washington, D.C.-New York-Boston route — including major tunnel and bridge replacements. In addition, Amtrak’s intercity corridor plan could add 30 or more new routes and increase service on at least 20 existing lines. To meet those growth needs, Amtrak plans to expand its workforce as much as 21% this year, according to the Amtrak OIG report.
The railroad has hired 1,500 new employees as of June, but the tight labor market prompted it to offer hiring bonuses and relocation packages to fill critical positions [Dan Zukowski, “Amtrak Aggressively Rebuilding Its Workforce as Federal Dollars Pour In,” Smart Cities Dive, 2022.07.13].
The Trump Train consisted of one fat old rich guy bouncing in the seat of a semi and honking the horn. The Biden Train puts more real trains on real tracks and puts more Americans to real work.