INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - Governor Mike Pence announced an agreement has been reached to keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service operating between Indianapolis and Chicago.
According to a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), once agreements are signed and executed by all parties, 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.
“I am pleased that the State of Indiana, in partnership with local communities, was able to reach an agreement with Amtrak to keep the Hoosier State line operating over the next year,” said Governor Mike Pence. “This agreement will make Hoosier jobs more secure and preserve an important transportation link for Indiana. I am grateful for the leadership of the Indiana Department of Transportation and the generous support of many of the communities with stops along the Hoosier State line.”
“At the Governor’s direction, the agreement allows state and local partners to monitor ridership and explore service improvements to ensure long-term viability,” said INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning. “The communities that are contributing funding will have a vested interest in improving performance and ensuring accountability for the tax dollars being invested.”
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