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Under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, several Kansas cities along the Southwest Chief route would lose rail service.

As The Dodge City Globe reports, Trump’s proposal includes $2.4 billion in cuts from transportation and includes elimination of federal funding for Amtrak’s national network trains, including the Southwest Chief. Kansas cities that rely on that route include Dodge City, Garden City, Hutchinson, Lawrence, Newton and Topeka.

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A group of Texas officials, including eleven Republican state legislators, are making a new effort to put a stop to high-speed rail travel in Texas.

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Colorado, Kansas, and New Mexico have until the end of the year to improve the railroad track or lose the Southwest Chief passenger rail line.  According to The New York Times Amtrak has asked the three states to put up $40 million over the next 20 years to help pay for track upgrades and maintenance to keep the track viable.  Unless all three states pitch in, Amtrak says it will potentially drop nine small-town stations in favor of existing track in Texas and Oklahoma.