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Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014 11:15 pm | Updated: 11:49 pm, Thu May 1, 2014.

Kansas and Colorado are stepping up. Political and business leaders there understand that keeping the Amtrak Southwest Chief route through Western Kansas, Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico is essential to the economic health of the region. Leaders in neighboring states there have pledged $9 million and are pursuing another $24.5 million in federal grants to keep the Amtrak route on track.

Contrast that to New Mexico, where Gov. Susana Martinez has basically said that it’s the job of the federal government to fix the tracks over which the train rides. Without maintenance and repair, the train will take a different route — coming through Santa Rosa to Albuquerque and leaving Santa Fe and points north out entirely.

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2 comments:

  • Steve Salazar posted at 2:37 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1630

    If the Chief bypassed Colorado, why would they even consider giving money for track maintenance. The Chief has to go through NM one way or another.

     
  • Brian Kreimendahl posted at 6:33 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    High Plains Drifter Posts: 2

    There is a grievous factual error in this piece. The proposed Southwest Chief route change would take the train through Amarillo, Clovis, Ft. Sumner, Vaughn, Mountainair and Belen on the BNSF's main transcontinental route, not through Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is on the Union Pacific line that runs from El Paso to Dalhart, Texas, through Tucumcari and that line has absolutely nothing to do with this discussion.

     

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