N.M., Colorado, Texas seek high-speed rail
July 9, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico, Colorado and Texas are applying for federal funds to study the viability of a high-speed rail system from El Paso through New Mexico to Denver.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said Thursday the three states will submit a joint pre-application Friday for up to $5 million to pay for the study.
Congress has authorized up to 11 high-speed rail corridors nationwide. Ten such corridors have been designated and the three states hope to be home to the 11th.
Udall, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, says travelers can’t get from Albuquerque to Denver without changing trains in Los Angeles or Chicago.
He says existing regional passenger railways run from East to West with no North-South connections.