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The Biden Express

Uncle Joe has spoken: America needs trains.

Over at the HuffingtonPost, the Vice President did a great job (no gaffes!) about his affinity for riding the rail. As you might’ve seen on our daily tips, we enjoy taking the train for the public transportation benefits and because it produces almost twenty time less greenhouse gas emissions than flying. The train also reminds DTE of David Lean films, a nice and relaxing view of the world, and Joe Biden.

From the post: “But my support for rail travel goes beyond the emotional connection. With delays at our airports and congestion on our roads becoming increasingly ubiquitous, volatile fuel prices, increased environmental awareness, and a need for transportation links between growing communities, rail travel is more important to America than ever before. Support for Amtrak must be strong--not because it is a cherished American institution, which it is--but because it is a powerful and indispensable way to carry us all into a leaner, cleaner, greener 21st century."

"Consider that if you shut down Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, it is estimated that to compensate for the loss, you'd have to add seven new lanes of highway to Interstate 95. When you consider that it costs an average of $30 million for one linear mile of one lane of highway, you see what a sound investment rail travel is. And that's before you factor in the environmental benefits of keeping millions and millions of cars off the road."

(Bonus: After the jump, a priceless photo of his new, crazy hairstyle. You’ve been warned.)

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