[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/13/art.cnn.biden.amtrak.jpg caption="Vice President Joe Biden said Friday he holds summer parties at his home for Amtrak train conductors."]
(CNN) – Joe Biden didn't heed his own advice.
On Friday, just one day after he warned his family to avoid "confined places" like subways and aircrafts, the vice president took the train from Washington, DC to Wilmington, Delaware. Now he plans to ride the train back to the District Monday evening.
Biden, a long-time Amtrak supporter and veteran rider, attended the kickoff of a $32 million renovation and restoration of Wilmington train station in Delaware Monday morning, telling onlookers, "The people who work at the Wilmington train station, the conductors, the ticket collectors - they are a part of my family. And, for our family, this station is home."
"I am so proud to see Recovery Act funds taking care of critical needs here at the station and putting people to work," the vice president told the crowd.
During his long tenure in the US Senate, Biden was a daily train commuter, traveling to and from his home in Delaware to Washington.