LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Time is running out to keep the Hoosier State Line running through Lafayette. On October 1, funding for Amtrak lines that run less than 750 miles per day will end. It will take $3 million to keep the trains running.
West Lafayette mayor John Dennis said local leaders are committed to keeping it open.
"The city of Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County have agreed to engage in this discussion financially, but what we want to make abundantly clear is that this rail spur, this service through Amtrak needs to improve," Dennis said.
Lafayette mayor Tony Roswarski said he hopes all communities along the rail will pitch in and help fund the project.
"With the state obviously picking up the majority of that, but between the other communities pitching in and coming up with a split that makes sense," Roswarski said.
Some organizations hope the state will fund all of the money needed to keep the trains on the track.
Midwest High Speed Rail director Christian Ficara meet with a group of supporters Thursday to urge governor Mike Pence to provide the millions of dollars needed to keep the Hoosier State Line open.
"The pressure is starting to cook and right now we're just trying to make sure that he understands that there is a wealth of overwhelming support right now to keep the Hoosier State Line intact," Ficara said.
Local community leaders did not attend the meeting, but said they're confident in the negotiations they're making with state leaders to keep the vital service open.
"I think the negotiations are under way. We'll see how they go. I'm confident that if an exact agreement is not reached that there can be some kind of extension as long as there is meaningful negotiations," Roswarski said.
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