New Mexico will study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.
A state budget allocates $50,000 to the Legislative Council Service to study a proposal by Amtrak for New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas to share the costs of maintaining and improving tracks through their states.
John Yaeger of the Legislative Council Service said legal issues will be considered as well as the costs and economic benefits of the proposal.
Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day this Friday during a press conference at Union Station building in Wichita.
Though National Train Day is on Saturday, organizers say the 4 p.m. press conference on Friday will provide "significant updates" on passenger rail advocacy in Kansas. Wichita officials say they'll release a major statement regarding rail.
Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will lead the event; local business representatives who serve on his local Steering Committee will join him.