Study: Southwest Chief service to Pueblo would generate $1.5 million in ticket revenue

PUEBLO, Colo. — The city of Pueblo could soon be connected directly to places like Chicago and Los Angeles, thanks to a partnership with Amtrak.

The passenger train company estimates if a railway stop were in Pueblo, 14,000 more people a year would come to southern Colorado. That’s $1.5 million in ticket sales. CSU – Pueblo estimates that would bring $6.7 million a year to the Pueblo economy.

“At La Junta, that car would be removed from the train and move independently with its own locomotive to Pueblo,” Amtrak spokesman Ray Lang said. “Passengers would not have to get on or off that car in La Junta. They would be able to get a seamless connection on the Southwest Chief from Chicago or Kansas City or points in between to Pueblo.”

Major upgrades would need to be done to the Pueblo Union Depot and railways in the area to accommodate the trains. Pueblo County is looking into grants and other funds to help pay for that.

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