Hoosier State to Continue Through Jan. 31

The beleaguered Hoosier State will continue to operate into early 2015 after the Indiana Department of Transportation and the communities paying for it agreed to a funding extension.

The City of Indianapolis had indicated earlier that it would cease funding the train when the contract to operate it expired on Oct. 1.

However, the contract with Amtrak to operate the Chicago-Indianapolis train allows for a four-month contract extension. INDOT is negotiating with Corridor Capital to improve the service and its funding model by the end of the contract extension on Jan. 31. The Hoosier State operates four times a week on the days that the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal does not operate.

“For the Hoosier State, we are hoping to build from the experience of North Carolina’s successful Piedmont service, in which the state and its private contractors worked with Amtrak to improve and grow passenger rail,” said INDOT multimodal director Robert Zier.

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