Lawmaker Files Bill to Fund Hoosier State

An Indiana legislator has filed a bill that would continue funding of the Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier State amid reports that Amtrak and the Indiana Department of Transportation are having product talks about extending the train’s operation past the end of January.

INDOT and Amtrak has said they do not expect service to end when the current funding agreement expires on Jan. 31.

State Rep. Randy Truitt’s bill (House Bill 1217) would appropriate $3 million for INDOT to contract with Amtrak to provide rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago.

Gov. Mike Pence has proposed a spending recommendation with language similar to Truitt’s bill, but also authorizes INDOT to purchase rail equipment. Truitt’s bill has been referred to the House Ways & Means committee.

In the meantime, directors of All Aboard Ohio, a nonprofit passenger rail alliance, on Tuesday night adopted a resolution urging continuation of the quad-weekly Hoosier State, which operates on days that the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal does not operate.

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