New Mexico legislature takes no action of Amtrak Southwest Chief line

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico legislative session failed to make any commitment to fund the state's share of costs to keep Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.

The New Mexican reports the session ended Thursday with none of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line passing.

Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas all chip in to improve and maintain more than 600 miles of track through their states.

The company says the Southwest Chief's route might change otherwise, causing some communities to lose passenger service.

The rail operator would need to reach a deal with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which owns the track Amtrak uses.

A legislative panel earlier this month agreed to commission a study on whether the state should pay.


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