Joe Biden is known around Washington as “Mr. Amtrak” for his weird devotion to its mediocre rail service. As a Senator, he famously commuted on the train back and forth from Delaware. Somehow this contributed to his image as a man of the people even though a monthly commuter pass from Wilmington to Washington costs $1,134. Not many people can afford to pay $13,608 for their annual commute, but I digress.
Amtrak has returned the favor today by naming the new train station in Wilmington after their long-time benefactor. The Hill notes that more than half the cost of the station came from federal stimulus dollars. I can’t help but be annoyed at this sort of thing. Maybe we ought to have a law that prohibits naming things after sitting politicians.