The commission set up three years ago to keep Southwest Chief passenger rail service in Southern Colorado will continue under a new name and expanded objective with a bill headed to the governor’s desk.
We encourage Gov. John Hickenlooper to sign Senate Bill 153 into law. The bill promotes not only continuing the line through Lamar, La Junta, Trinidad and portions of Kansas and New Mexico, but adds a study of bringing back Front Range passenger trains potentially linking Pueblo, Denver and other destinations on the Interstate 25 corridor.
The Southwest Chief and Front Range Passenger Rail Commission assumes the duties of the first Southwest Chief commission, created by the Legislature in 2014 and scheduled to expire on July 1. This newly branded and expanded effort has been sponsored this year by Sens. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, and Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, and Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo.