New Mexico should take the opportunity to lead in saving Amtrak train service for the northern part of the state.
Without action from the state Legislature and leadership from Gov. Susana Martinez, the historic Southwest Chief route likely will be no more. Last week, members of a House of Representatives interim transportation subcommittee heard from Amtrak and community representatives about what losing passenger train service would mean to towns such as Raton and Las Vegas — and that’s just the New Mexico portion of the line. The train could leave parts of Colorado and Kansas as well, leaving small Western towns without vital rail service along 600 miles of track. The loss of Amtrak would affect Santa Fe County as well, with loss of passenger train service at Lamy.
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