Colo. Gov. Signs SW Chief Preservation Plan

Colorado Gov.  John Hickenlooper today signed signed legislation designed to preserve Amtrak’s Southwest Chief service through Southeastern Colorado.

The signing came at a ceremony in Pueblo. The bill, sponsored by State Rep. Leroy Garcia and State Sen. Larry Crowder, creates a financing authority so that Colorado can dedicate $40 million to upgrading the BNSF Railway route across southern Kansas and Colorado and add a stop in Pueblo. The bill received bipartisan support through both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly.

While Kansas lawmakers support the plan, New Mexico fell short this year in approving its participation, also for $40 million.

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