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."