N.M. inaction could doom Amtrak’s western Kansas route
Passenger rail service in western Kansas is under an increased threat after the state of New Mexico failed to take action on helping fund its share of the service.
Amtrak had requested New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas each chip in to help fund the Southwest Chief, which makes stops in Dodge City, Hutchinson and Garden City.
The legislative session in New Mexico failed to produce any action to meet the funding request. No action is under consideration in the Kansas legislative session, although Colorado has a pending proposal for $4 million in funding.
According to Amtrak, the money would be used to maintain and improve 600 miles of line on the Southwest Chief route.