Colorado is joining the effort to preserve the current route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.
New Mexico plans to study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route.
New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas communities face the potential loss of passenger rail service if Amtrak fails to reach a new agreement by 2016 for maintaining and upgrading portions of the Southwest Chief route through those states.
Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico transportation officials say the states don’t have funding to save Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route through the three states.
Evacuations were ordered for 255 homes in Monument, a town of 6,800 near Colorado Springs, after the leak was discovered by another passing train around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.