Western States Trying to Get on the High Speed Rail Bandwagon

Officials in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas are pooling efforts to try to secure federal funding for a high speed rail link between their urban areas.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Senator Tom Udall are calling the move a long-needed economic improvement for the region.

"Congress has authorized up to 11 high-speed rail corridors nationwide. Ten have been designated, and the three states hope to become home to the 11th.

'Today, you cannot get from Albuquerque to Denver by rail without changing trains in Los Angeles or Chicago, and our regional railways run from East to West, with no North-South connections,' Udall said.

Richardson and Udall said such a rail system would bring business and tourism growth to the region."

Full Story: NM, Colo., Texas seek high-speed rail link

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