A southern Colorado legislator has introduced a bill to help keep the Southwest Chief running through Colorado.
I was unaware that there was a "problem with low ridership" here, considering how every time I use the La Junta station, the parking lot is more full.[Rep. Leroy] Garcia said his bill provides a way for local communities and private investors to collect funding that could help pay for the improvements.
Garcia said his bill also would create a commission of the various players to determine how to plan for the improvements.
The plan would include a stop in Pueblo, something that the chief currently does not do.
But Garcia said any plan to include Pueblo would not be at the expense of the other three Southern Colorado stops in Lamar, La Junta and Trinidad.
But Garcia said adding Pueblo to the line could help solve Amtrak’s lingering problem with low ridership through Southern Colorado.