State, Amtrak reach deal on Indy-Chicago rail service

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Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the state had come to an agreement with Amtrak to keep rail service running between Indianapolis and Chicago.

The agreement still needs to be signed. Once it is, monthly payments will renew the existing service for one year with an option for an additional four months. Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Beech Grove are partnering with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to fund the service.

In 2008, Congress voted to end federal support for Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles, which included the Hoosier State service that runs four days a week between Indianapolis and Chicago. Amtrak’s long-distance Cardinal Service will continue to get federal support for the remaining three days between Cincinnati and Chicago via Indianapolis.