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Demonstrators rally to keep Indy-Chicago rail operational

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Efforts to keep the Amtrak service from Indianapolis to Chicago are moving forward.

A rally was held outside the Indiana Statehouse Thursday.  Demonstrators are trying to convince state lawmakers to spend millions of dollars to keep the line operational.

The Amtrak service on the Hoosier State Line may derail for good in mid-October because lawmakers say it’s just too expensive.

“Keep the Amtrak service, yes, that’s our mission, to keep connectivity with the Midwest by the daily train. We’ve had daily train service for 150 years,” said Bill Malcom with Hoosiers for Passenger Rail.

If an agreement isn’t reached between Amtrak and the state by Tuesday, the four day a week service between Indy and Chicago will end.