Cuts in luxuries eyed to save Colo. train stops

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TRINIDAD, Colo. (AP) — Amtrak says it is considering scaling back on luxuries to save Colorado Southwest Chief passenger train stops.

Colorado politicians and local officials are pushing the railroad to keep stops in Trinidad, La Junta and Lamar.

According to the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/ln4xkpf ), Democratic state Rep. Leroy Garcia of Pueblo says eliminating the stops would be devastating to the economy in southeast Colorado.

Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman is promising to help rescue the line by cost-cutting measures, including eliminating complimentary wine and cheese, pillow chocolates, flowers and newspapers on some routes.

The Southwest Chief route travels between Chicago and Los Angeles, but a portion of the route that runs from the central Kansas community of Newton to Albuquerque in New Mexico could be in jeopardy.

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Information from:

The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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