Wilmington train station renamed in honor of Biden
Vice President Joe Biden at a stop in Wilmington, DE during the 2009 whistle stop train tour to Washington, D.C.
March 19th, 2011
05:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Wilmington train station renamed in honor of Biden

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden now has a landmark bearing his name. On Saturday Amtrak renamed the Wilmington, Delaware, train station Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station in honor of the vice president, who rode the train from Wilmington to Washington, D.C. regularly for 36 years as Delaware's senator.

According to The News Journal, Biden, who attended the ceremony with his wife, children, and grandchildren, said, "The truth is, I don't deserve this, unless you reward longevity."

"Everything, good or bad in my career, the first people I encountered were getting on the train," he continued. "They were the first ones there for me. They would say, 'Joe, it's going to be OK.'"

Biden has been an outspoken advocate for rail transit and announced a $53 billion plan to promote the construction of a national high-speed, intercity passenger rail network in February.

He released a statement Friday calling the train station in Wilmington his "second home for over 36 years." The Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station, which will still be named the Wilmington station on train timetables, was reopened during the ceremony after a two-year, $37.7 million renovation. It is 104 years old and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  1. daveindenver

    Oops, forgot to mention that the $37.7 million renovation is over $5 million over budget, which Biden was suppose to be a monitor of.

    March 19, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Just Passing By

    No mention of it being over budget by 5.7 million.

    March 19, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    In honor of a VP that does the right thing. One who supports American ideals and traditions we should do more. Especially after the last monster we had as VP. We should name DC National Airport after Biden!

    March 19, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |