Kansans Support Amtrak as Decision on Southwest Chief Approaches

November 2, 2013

A recent poll conducted in several states, including Kansas, indicates strong support for federal funding of Amtrak’s passenger rail service, which includes the Southwest Chief that passes through Garden City [the first stop west of Dodge City]…

Deteriorating track conditions in south-central and southwest Kansas have forced the Southwest Chief, which goes through the state on its run between Chicago and Los Angeles, to slow in Kansas. Amtrak has indicated it will reroute the Southwest Chief when its contract with BNSF Railway expires in 2015 if the line isn’t upgraded.

Amtrak is looking to make a decision about the route sometime in 2014. Amtrak has proposed splitting the cost of an estimated $200 million in track repairs five ways between the three states, Amtrak and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. Each would pay $4 million per year over a 10-year period…

Read the rest: Amtrak poll supportive of funding in the Garden City Telegram, Garden City, Kansas.

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