A coalition of communities and private organizations in Western Kansas and Southern Colorado announced Tuesday that it has pledged $9 million and is pursuing $24.5 million in federal grants to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route through those areas and Northern New Mexico.
No such steps have been taken in New Mexico, where a state study is underway to determine the economic benefits, infrastructure needs and costs, and possible constitutional constraints, but Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is hopeful for federal intervention.
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