WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette City Council is scheduled to vote to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to providing Amtrak service.
It's one of the final pieces to a story that News 18 has been covering since late last year.
The Indiana Department of Transportation, along with several communities including West Lafayette, have agreed to pick up some of the funding for the Hoosier State Line which would otherwise have been discontinued by Amtrak earlier this month.
West Lafayette's portion of the total is $200,000, or about $16,000 a month in 2014.
"It was made abundantly clear to us that folks want to keep Amtrak in our community. It's an essential service that could be improved, but it's one that we have grown dependent upon. In West Lafayette, we're a little more dependent upon it because of our international population," said Mayor John Dennis.
Dennis adds an average of 60 people from the area ride the Hoosier State Line each of the four times a week the train runs, most from West Lafayette and Purdue.
Council is slated to vote on the funding Monday, Nov. 4.
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