INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new state-funded study that details
the potential benefits of improving service along an Amtrak line between
Indianapolis and Chicago is giving the line's supporters hope as Indiana
continues negotiating with Amtrak on its options for keeping the line
The Hoosier State line will continue its four-day-a-week service at least
through mid-October, but will grind to a halt after that unless Indiana,
Amtrak and the communities where it makes stops reach a funding agreement.
The federal government is pulling the $3.1 million in annual funding it
provides for the 196-mile line under legislation passed by Congress in
Hoosier Environmental Council senior policy director Tim Maloney says a
state consultant's report released Thursday shows the line's ridership and
revenue could be boosted without significant additional costs.