Ridership aboard he Southwest Chief Amtrak train route through Southern Colorado has remained steady over the past three years, according to train company documents.
The Southwest Chief is a route that runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles
with stops in La Junta, Trinidad and Lamar.
Amtrak carried a record 31.6 million passengers in fiscal-year 2013, which marked the railroad's 10th ridership record in the past 11 fiscal years.
During FY 2013, which ended Sept. 30, the train saw 6,711 passengers in La Junta, up from 6,566 in 2012. The La Junta station recorded 6,653 passengers in 2011.
The Lamar station registered 1,823 passengers this fiscal year, 1,936 last year and 1,840 in 2011.
The Trinidad station had 4,765 passengers in FY 2013.
It saw 4,535 riders in FY 2011 and 4,770 in FY 2012.
Amtrak officials are considering rerouting the Chief out of Southern Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas because of costly rail upgrades and maintenance.
Members of a coalition against the reroute said they are unsure if ridership numbers will play a role in Amtrak's final decision.
Amtrak has until 2015 to find a solution to maintenance problems along a 650-mile portion of track that runs through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. There's been a recent push to run the route through Pueblo.
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