Kansas, Colorado groups aim to save Chief route

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 11:05 am, Wed Apr 30, 2014.

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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  • Mel Hayes posted at 6:05 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Pierce thanks we should all live our lives like he does.......

  • Mitchell Barker posted at 3:03 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    MitchF Posts: 1

    I assume that by "sky lounge" Pierce means first class or passengers with rooms. Amtrak is now phasing out free wine and cheese for these sleeping car passengers. It started doing this March 1st but the savings will hardly be enough to pay for track maintenance. And sleeping car passengers pay a stiff premium for their rooms so how they can be seen as beggars is difficult to understand.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 12:32 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 2831

    Amtrak spends more giving away free champagne and cocktails to sky-lounge passengers than it would cost to fix the tracks and save the Southwest Chief's current route. I don't like giving my money to beggars who are just going to waste the money on booze, even when the beggar is the U.S. DOT.

  • James Fitzgerald posted at 12:11 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Jim Fitzgerald Posts: 22

    Well it would be nice to see appositive attitudes on the part of our so called leaders.
    What has become of all the visionaries. They are the folks who led this country to its past greatness. Very few of those around anymore.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:16 pm on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1506

    That's the way to do it, don't wait for government, act for your selves. And yes, you must get a return on your private investment.


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