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House approves bill to keep Southwest Chief on track

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 8:10 pm

Oil and gas revenue would help New Mexico pay its share to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief running through the northeast portion of the state under a bill passed Monday by the House, but with just three days remaining in the legislative session, action to preserve the train’s historic route remains uncertain.

House Bill 241, passed on a 47-12 vote and moves now to the Senate. It would authorize the issuance of severance tax bonds to raise up to $40 million between 2016 and 2025. That would cover New Mexico’s portion of a proposed multistate agreement to keep the Southwest Chief on its present route through Raton, Las Vegas and Lamy.

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