By The Associated Press
7:19 PM CST, January 10, 2013
State leaders take a train ride to Colorado in hopes of better understanding a request for millions of dollars in assistance.
Amtrak wants Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico help pay for $100 million in track repairs over the next decade. Vice presidents for Amtrak and BNSF, Kansas transportation leaders and officials from cities along the route were on-board. Representatives from Colorado and New Mexico were also invited.
Amtrak has to slow its train, the Southwest Chief, in western Kansas because of conditions on the tracks, which are owned by BNSF.
Thursday's ride started in Topeka with stops in Newton and Dodge City.
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