Amtrak closes Hoosier State Trains

Hoosier State Trains 850 & 851 had their last scheduled runs this evening.

Posted: Jun 30, 2019 4:38 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— Hoosier State Trains, 850 & 851, had their last scheduled runs on Sunday Evening.

Amtrak representatives took a ride on the trains to provide information for travel alternatives.

Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer customers will now be without daily Amtrak train service.

This is the first time this has happened since 1999.

It all comes after funding for the Hoosier trains was eliminated.

Under a 2008 federal law, services such as the Hoosier State train require state sponsorship.

The Amtrak Cardinal, Trains 50 & 51, will continue to serve those communities three days per week.

See below to read a little more on the history of the Hoosier State Train. Information provided and written by Amtrak with assistance from Indiana University Press author Craig Sanders:

On October 1, 1980, the route gained a daily Hoosier State (Trains 317 & 318) under a federal initiative from Sen. Birch Bayh. On April 27, 1986, the Hoosier State name was dropped in favor of the Cardinal name.

The Hoosier State name was reinstated on October 25, 1987, when it resumed operation on a daily schedule different from that of the Cardinal.

The Hoosier State was discontinued after making a final trip on September 8, 1995.

The Hoosier State was reinstated as a tri-weekly train on July 19, 1998, running on three of the four days the Cardinal did not. Daily service between Chicago and Indianapolis returned on October 31, 1999, when the Hoosier State began operating quad-weekly as Trains 850 & 851.

Starting Monday, July 1, the service level on this route will be as it was from 1995 to 1998, with six trains a week, three in each direction.

There will be no Amtrak trains on this route from Chicago on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays; and no Amtrak trains from Indianapolis on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Additional daily service by Amtrak Thruway Buses will be available at Chicago, Lafayette and Indianapolis.

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