Of course, this hurdle that was overcome isn't really different from what Republican Governor Tom Corbett said should be done. Labor leaders and management needed to put riders first, and agree to work on an equitable labor contract while keeping the trains running.
So, why did it take Obama stepping in to get the job done?
It's simple political math.
No union in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was going to help Corbett get any points in an election year. Of course they would remain adamantly opposed to giving an inch until a Democrat asked them nicely.
To sweeten this pot, they even managed to add runs to the schedule, bringing in late night trains on weekends. Just don't credit the governor for any of this, because he never said anything about putting riders first, right?
"The people of Philadelphia and the surrounding region expect and deserve a safe and efficient rail system to get them to work, medical appointments, school and recreation," Corbett, a Republican, said in a statement. "I call on both parties to work together, find common ground and place the riders at the forefront of mind in their discussions."
Obviously, it only counts if Obama says it.