How President-elect Biden plans to travel to his Washington, DC inauguration

Jan 8, 2021

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Update Jan. 13: According to reports, president-elect Biden will no longer be riding Amtrak to his inauguration, due to security concerns.

It’s been an incredibly tumultuous few days for national politics. In less than two weeks, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, with a scaled-down ceremony intended to recognize the occasion while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

It’s no secret that Biden’s an Amtrak superfan — I imagine his Guest Rewards balance is more than healthy enough to lock in a few trips in a cross-country Roomette — so it probably comes as no great surprise that the president-elect has decided to travel to his Washington, D.C. inauguration via rail.

As CNN reports, “Amtrak Joe” will ride the national rail from Wilmington, Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Biden is expected to take an Amtrak train on Jan. 19, the day before his inauguration.

Screenshot courtesy of Amtrak.

It’s unclear which train Biden plans to ride, though there are only four Acela frequencies scheduled between Wilmington and Washington on the day of his trip. It’s also possible he’ll ride a regional train, or perhaps even a charter.

Train fans would likely love to see him on one of Amtrak’s new high-speed trains.

Related: Amtrak’s new high-speed train sets

Whichever train he ends up on, especially given the events of this past week, I’d expect exceptionally tight security at both stations that day, and throughout the entire journey as well.


Featured photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

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