Pueblo, COLO. -

More than a dozen entities have joined together and committed over $9 Million to save the Southwest Chief rail line and preserve passenger rail in Southern Colorado, Western Kansas and Northern New Mexico according to local officials.

Monday (4/28), eleven Southern Colorado entities joined with Kansas officials, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), and Amtrak to submit a Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VI grant for $24.5 million. Local officials are providing $9.3 Million in local matching dollars to seek $15 Million in Federal grant funds.  Of the $9.3 Million in local match, $254,000 was generated from 11 local entities in Southern Colorado.

This commitment from Colorado communities is significant, because it is the very first time that Colorado officials have committed hard dollars to preserving the SW Chief rail line.  Even more notable is that this is being conducted in a multi-state effort, with the freight line and Amtrak committing millions of dollars.