Indianapolis to fund Amtrak Hoosier State rail line through January

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 20, 2014) – Indianapolis and several other communities will continue to fund the Amtrak Hoosier State Line through January.

The Department of Public Works confirmed the agreement Wednesday with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

Last month, Indianapolis officials said they wouldn’t provide additional money to keep the line running. The route runs between Indianapolis and Chicago four days a week.

In 2008, Congress voted to end federal support for Amtrak routes shorter than 750 miles, a move that included the Hoosier State Line. The move went into effect in October 2013.

The service has been running thanks to an agreement announced last year among Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Beech Grove and the Indiana Department of Transportation. The deal included a four-month extension, and the communities will continue to fund the passenger service through Jan. 31, 2015.

DPW said they’re working with Gov. Mike Pence and INDOT to come up with a long-term solution to keep the rail service going.