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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