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Tue February 25, 2014

Is it the end of the line for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief?

Carolyn LeBeau, right, takes in the New Mexico landscape, while Ginger Vermooten takes a photograph from the Southwest Chief.
Credit Mark Holm / nytimes.com

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. 

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