Biden visits local train station, seeks upgrades

LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joseph Biden toured a train station near Washington on Thursday that he says is one of thousands nationwide that will benefit from the president's economic stimulus package.

The Laurel station was built in the 1800s and officials say it's the busiest on MARC's Camden Line, but it is showing its age and badly needs repairs.

Biden says it's critically important for the nation to upgrade its infrastructure - including rail as well highways, bridges and ports.

He says President Barack Obama's stimulus plan would invest at least $100 billion in infrastructure, creating or saving about 400,000 jobs over the next two years.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who joined Biden at the train station, says the stimulus plan will lead to thousands of infrastructure jobs in his state.

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