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Colorado governor signs Southwest Chief bill

By Associated Press
Published On: May 14 2014 06:45:49 PM CDT
Southwest Chief

Photo from The Pueblo Chieftain

PUEBLO, Colo. -

Colorado is joining the effort to preserve the current route of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.

On Wednesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill creating a commission to work with officials in Kansas and New Mexico to continue the existing service. It also pushes for a new stop in Pueblo.
    
The Southwest Chief travels between Chicago and Los Angeles, but part of the current route is in jeopardy because the Burlington Northern Santa Fe track it uses needs to be upgraded and maintained.
    
BNSF, Amtrak and Kansas have pledged a combined $9 million to be matched by possible federal grants. Colorado's bill sets up a fund to accept donations to pay for the work, but the money could only be spent if all states and parties contribute.

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