Amtrak will stick with its existing New Mexico route of the Southwest Chief passenger train, according to the company.
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A $12.5 million federal grant will pay for urgent repairs on the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, but funding for upgrades in southern Colorado and New Mexico remains uncertain.
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.
A legislative panel agreed Tuesday to commission a study on whether New Mexico should pay part of the cost for keeping Amtrak’s Southwest Chief 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.