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'I'm a train guy': Biden praises 2009 stimulus package on Union Depot visit

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Vice President Joe Biden visited St. Paul Thursday to mark the success of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on its seventh anniversary.

Biden, who spoke at St. Paul's Union Depot, said in his speech that he "basically came to say thank you."

Minnesota received billions of dollars as part of the 2009 stimulus package, including $35 million towards the train station's $243 million restoration project.

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The vice president touted how the restoration of Union Depot has stimulated economic growth in the area, adding local authorities should get the credit for renovating the train station.

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After speaking at Union Depot, Biden planned to visit some local businesses.

The event was Biden's final stop in a three-state trip where he visited several transit hubs helped by the stimulus package, the Pioneer Press notes. He also visited Louisiana and Tennessee.

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'I'm a train guy'

The Associated Press says stopping at Union Depot will be special for Biden – the train station is an Amtrak hub, and when Biden was a Senator he used to take daily trips from Delaware to Washington, D.C., on Amtrak.

He's logged 2 million miles on Amtrak, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said at Thursday's event.

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Biden's visit affected bus service at Union Depot from 6 a.m. until at least 4 p.m. Thursday. Click here to read more.

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