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Southwest Chief Rail Line Economic Development, Rural Tourism, and Infrastructure Repair & Maintenance Commission

The Southwest Chief Commission is no longer active, the last meeting was held on April 6, 2017.  The new Commission:  Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission has a page currently under construction.  Please refer to the meetings schedule under this section until completion.

The Southwest Chief Rail Line Economic Development, Rural Tourism, and Infrastructure Repair and Maintenance Commission coordinates and oversees efforts by the state and local governments and cooperates with the states of Kansas and New Mexico, Amtrak, and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railway to ensure continuation of existing Amtrak Southwest Chief Rail Line service in the state, expansion of such service to include a stop in Pueblo, and exploration of the benefits of adding an additional stop in Walsenburg.

Voting Members:

  • Richard Guy Klein of La Junta, to serve as a resident of Las Animas, Otero, or Prowers County who has publicly advocated for public rail. Appointed for a term expiring in September 1, 2016;
  • James Martin Souby of Denver, to serve as a representative of the Colorado tourism industry. Appointed for a term expiring September 1, 2016;
  • Peter James Rickershauser of Denver, to serve as a representative of the freight rail industry. Appointed for a term expiring September 1, 2016;
  • Elena Wilken of Denver, to serve as a public rail transportation advocate. Appointed for a term expiring September 1, 2017;
  • Salvatore Pace of Pueblo, to serve as a resident of Pueblo or Huerfano County who has publicly advocated for public rail. Appointed for a term expiring September 1, 2017.

Non-Voting Members:

  • Mark Imhoff, Director, to serve as representative of CDOT
  • Ray Lang, to serve as representative of Amtrak
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