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Gov. Martinez could derail Amtrak partnership

February 2, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to bring Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train through New Mexico and two other states could get stopped in its tracks by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1eiA8J0 ) that proponents fear the plan to run Southwest Chief on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will hinge on the Republican governor’s support.

While her office did not respond to questions Friday seeking comment, Martinez has said in recent months that Amtrak is funded by Congress and any agreement should not leave New Mexico taxpayers with a large bill.

“According to the New Mexico (Department of Transportation), the state has never provided State funds for Amtrak Login to read more

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