Amtrak May Stay as Hoosier State Operator

Amtrak’s Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier State is now expected to continue operating under Amtrak auspices, the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier reported this week.

The newspaper said the Indiana Department of Transportation expects to reach an agreement with Amtrak to continue the quad-weekly train.

INDOT also continues to discuss with Iowa Pacific Holdings the prospect of providing passenger cars, on-board services and marketing for the Hoosier State said Will Wingfield, an INDOT spokesman.

Iowa Pacific was one of three companies that submitted earlier this year to operate the train.

INDOT selected Corridor Capital of Chicago but recently broke off talks with that firm after it was unable to reach an agreement.

Corridor Capital was to have taken over the Hoosier State on Oct. 1, but Amtrak agreed to continue operating the train through late January 2015.

INDOT along with Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer and Beech Grove have shared the $2.7 million annual cost of operating the 196-mile line after federal funding was pulled Oct. 1, 2013, for routes less than 750 miles.

The Hoosier State operates on days that the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal does not operate.


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