Lawmakers: Budget compromise included funding for Amtrak route through Kansas

photo by: AP File Photo

In this file photo from May 25, 2017, an Amtrak train prepares to leave Penn Station in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Lawmakers say a federal budget compromise approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump provides $50 million of additional federal funding to maintain Amtrak rail passenger service through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.

The funding for the Southwest Chief route will enable Amtrak to pay matching funding for a grant to pay for maintenance and safety improvements to the Southwest Chief route, New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said Friday.

Amtrak officials previously proposed replacing train service with bus service between Dodge City, Kansas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico — about a quarter of the 2,265-mile route that provides daily train service between Los Angeles and Chicago, including stops in Lawrence.

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, along with senators from Colorado and New Mexico, had been pushing for funding for the route.

In summer 2018, the City of Lawrence signed a petition and sent a letter to the Kansas congressional delegation in support of maintaining the continuous train route.

— The Associated Press and Journal-World reporters contributed to this report

Related stories

Oct. 3, 2018 — Moran: Amtrak commits to keeping Southwest Chief route open through next year

Aug. 2, 2018 — U.S. Senate approves bill that would maintain Amtrak route that runs through Lawrence

July 29, 2018 — City urging Amtrak not to make changes to train route that runs through Lawrence

July 2, 2018 — Amtrak explores ending train service from New Mexico to southwest Kansas


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