On 20 January 2021, the 46th President of the United States of America was sworn in: Joseph (Joe) Robinette Biden, Jr – also known as Amtrak Joe.
His nickname dates back to the years from 1973 to 2009 during which he was a Democratic senator for the State of Delaware and commuted daily between his home in Wilmington and his official residence in Washington D.C. He undertook this round trip by Amtrak an estimated 7,000 times – on some days several times. He has never made a secret of his passion for train travel, and as early as 2009 he emphasized the importance of rail transport for the environment in a magazine article, “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.” The re-entry into the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on the day of his inauguration and the appointment of Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation are matching his climate-friendly statement. The latter is considered a supporter of climate protection measures such as a CO2 tax. His appointment was also welcomed by Amtrak‘s CEO Bill Flynn, “His commitment to invest in infrastructure and climate initiatives will create jobs, help the nation recover from the pandemic, and provide for a more sustainable transportation system in America.”