Delegation Secures $3M for Upgrades on Southwest Chief

Wed April 10, 2019 - West Edition #8
Associated Press


The Southwest Chief connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in New Mexico and Colorado and other states.
(Wikipedia photo)
The Southwest Chief connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in New Mexico and Colorado and other states. (Wikipedia photo)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation have secured $3 million in matching funds to help complete safety upgrades and maintenance along the Southwest Chief train route.

The delegation said that money provided by Amtrak will result in an investment of more than $26 million in the Southwest Chief, which connects Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in New Mexico and Colorado and other states.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, said the funding marks a major investment in rural infrastructure and will help to ensure the future of the historic long-distance passenger rail service.

The delegation also pointed to legislation recently passed by Congress and signed by the president that prohibits Amtrak from replacing a significant portion of the route with bus service.