Amtrak’s CEO says rail service for Southwest Chief will continue

Amtrak (KSN Photo)

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Good news for those who ride the rails in Kansas, Amtrak’s CEO says rail service for the Southwest Chief will continue.

Questions were raised whether or not miles of rails and road-bed would be maintained due to high cost.

Amtrak president and CEO Joe Boardman says thanks to nearly $40 million in grants and donations, the rails will stay in service.

“It’s the delivery of service to the community that is often flown over and not taken care of. Amtrack cares about that. It cared about that when it began in 1971. It’s still its primary mission.”

The railroad runs from Hutchinson to Waldo, New Mexico. More grants are expected in the years to come.

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