Boardman Says S.W. Chief to Stay

Amtrak President Joseph Boardman said this week that the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief will continue to operate on its present route for the foreseeable future.

Amtrak Southwest Chief 2Boardman, who will step down as Amtrak president in late September, traveled the route of the Chief this week.

He noted that the train had been saved with the help of public funding, including $27.6 million in federal TIGER grant funding after BNSF threatened to lower the speed limit on the route as it downgraded its maintenance program due to low freight traffic.

Until a track rebuilding project began, the condition of the route had been deteriorating.

Some funding was provided by Amtrak ($8 million) and BNSF ($4 million). The funding paid for new rail and ties.

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