Commuter train photo

Wyoming does not have any commuter trains like this one, despite the Wyoming Fact Sheet’s claim that service on trains would be improved under the American Jobs Plan.

The Wyoming Fact Sheet prepared by the Biden Administration contains several glaring errors. The Administration created Fact Sheets for each one of the 50 states to show the impact of the proposed American Jobs Plan.

The Fact Sheets include information about how the money in the Plan would be spent to improve roads, bridges, drinking water, broadband access, child care, manufacturing, veterans health, help with home energy costs and create new clean energy jobs.

It also addresses public transportation. The Wyoming Fact Sheet includes this paragraph:

“Wyomingites who take public transportation spend an extra 150% of their time commuting and non-White households are 1.2 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 32 percent of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.”

There are no passenger trains in Wyoming, and Amtrak does not have any trains that run through the state.

Renae Jording, Director of the Cheyenne Transit Program, said the CTP does not keep 32 per cent of its buses past their useful life.

“No. That’s something we’ve always planned for. If our vehicles go past their useful life it’s not much, because they start costing us too much money,” Jording said. She added that maybe 10 per cent of the Cheyenne Transit Program buses might be past their useful lives.

Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo) was quick to notice the error about trains in Wyoming. The Senator tweeted, “The Biden Administration claims that its plan will help support existing public transit trains in Wyoming. There are no public transportation trains in Wyoming. The president says he is a “no malarkey” guy… this is a malarkey plan.”

Darin Miller, a spokesperson for Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) said she is also against the plan in its current form. Miller sent the Cheyenne Post the following statement.

“There is broad consensus that we need infrastructure improvements. There is plenty of room for us to work together and come up with a plan that helps communities across Wyoming as well as large metropolitan areas. Infrastructure can’t become a political football in the way healthcare did. The plan put forth by the Biden Administration will not garner bipartisan support. It expands the definition of infrastructure beyond what any reasonable person in Wyoming would expect. We should focus on actual hard infrastructure and pay for it up front.”

In the House, Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) expressed her opposition to the plan in an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation:

“The bill would need to be fundamentally redone. It would need to be a different bill. It would need to actually focus on infrastructure, not on so many of the additional Green New Deal spending priorities, spending priorities that are focused on helping Democrat allies around the country,” Cheney said.

A spokesman for Governor Mark Gordon said the Governor has been talking with the Congressional Delegation about the American Jobs Plan.

“The Governor has continually stressed the need for infrastructure investment in the state, particularly the need for stable, secure, flexible funding for transportation projects along the I-80 corridor, investment in our state's aging water infrastructure (illustrated by the Goshen irrigation canal collapse last summer), investment in carbon capture and sequestration, and investment in broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved areas. We are working to identify other areas of infrastructure investment that would be most beneficial to the state,” Michael Pearlman said in an email.

The Cheyenne Post reached out to the White House for comment on the section about trains in Wyoming. 

White House Regional Communications Director Rykia G. Dorsey responded, but declined to go on the record.