Gardner Announces $15 Million Grant for Southwest Chief Rehabilitation

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded a $15.2 million grant to the City of La Junta to add approximately 39 miles of new railway and rehabilitate an additional 20 miles of rail along the Southwest Chief Amtrak line.

Gardner, along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), had previously written a letter to the Secretary of Transportation advocating for the grant.

“The grant announced today will allow for critical maintenance and upgrades to the Southwest Chief line to move forward,” Gardner said. "This line is deeply important to the economies of many communities in southeast Colorado, and keeping it well-run and well-maintained will help ensure that those communities continue to benefit from the Southwest Chief’s operation. I’m pleased that the Department of Transportation awarded this grant, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for the Southwest Chief.”


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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