Sunday, October 12, 2008

US Presidential Candidates and Rail

As many may know, Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden is a strong advocate of passenger rail. Senator Biden is a frequent AMTRAK passenger and in the 1970's was photographed riding buses. Biden has rallied for serious funding of passenger rail in the USA and perhaps this could spill across the border to us? AMTRAK and the Washington Department of Transportation studied the high speed rail concept from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA. It concluded that the major impediment to such passenger rail service is the 100+ year old New West rail bridge that is owned by the Canadian Federal government and has been given lip service for replacement.

To get you smiling on this sleepy Sunday morning, I thought I'd share this photo sent to me by a friend. It pictures the Democratic and Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates and their rail preferences. Enjoy!

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