NM session ends with inaction on Amtrak route

February 24, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico legislative session failed to make any commitment Thursday to fund the state’s share of costs to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route.

The New Mexican reported ( ) that the session ended without the passage of any of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line.

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.

And the rail operator would need to reach a deal with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, which owns the track Amtrak uses. Burlington officials announced they Login to read more

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