Amtrak CEO To Stop In New Mexico About Train Route

Jul 11, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amtrak's top executive is to travel through New Mexico to meet with officials about keeping the Southwest Chief on its current route.

But New Mexico Transportation Department spokeswoman Melissa Dosher said Thursday no state official plans to meet with Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman because the administration never received a formal invitation.

Boardman is taking a special train along the Southwest Chief route from Kansas to Albuquerque.

Amtrak has warned that the route might be changed unless portions of the track are improved. Amtrak proposes that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas share track expenses.

Boardman will stop Saturday at Raton, Las Vegas and Lamy. He's to meet with local officials and will go by car to the Philmont Scout Ranch.

New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich will travel with Boardman.