STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Amtrak suspends Hoosier State line tickets

Amtrak's Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago may not continue after July 1.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 11:37 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 9:33 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Amtrak's Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago may not continue after July 1. The company suspended ticket sales after June 30th.

State funding for the route isn't in the budget right now but customers like Victoria Woeste hope that changes.

"For me, it's been an honest to goodness life saver," said Woeste. 

She said the Hoosier State line saves money on her commute to Chicago each week for work.

"Parking anywhere in Chicago for two hours is going to cost you as much as a one way train ticket," said Woeste. 

She doesn't understand why the state doesn't have the Hoosier State line in the current budget proposals.

"It's a drop in the bucket of the overall budget of the state," said Woeste. "Three million dollars per year for two years, that's what we are talking about."

The route doesn't just help out people in the Tippecanoe County area, it goes from Indianapolis to Chicago.

"There should absolutely be more than just I-65 connecting those two cities," said Woeste.

State Representative Chris Campbell agrees. That's why she proposed an amendment to add the funding into the budget but failed. 

"When it comes to public transportation options, we are getting less and less," said Rep. Campbell. "We can't continue to just pour money into our roads that continue to become just overcrowded."

Woeste said she's been telling people to call the Governor to get the funding back. However, she hasn't had much luck doing that herself.

"It will be a real loss to me personally," said Woeste. 

Without it, she's going to take the train one way and catch an airport shuttle back.

"Which is a heck of a lot less convenient and frankly, not nearly as comfortable," said Woeste. "And it's also like three times as expensive."

There's still a chance Hoosier State line funding could be added to the budget this session.

Campbell and Woeste said if you want it, you should call your state legislator and the Governor's Office before it's too late.

West Lafayette
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 63°
Kokomo
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 60°
Rensselaer
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
Fowler
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 54°
Williamsport
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 60°
Crawfordsville
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 58°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
56° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 56°
Delphi
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 57°
Monticello
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 57°
Logansport
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Mainly Dry and Warmer Rest of the Week.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 112626

Reported Deaths: 3520
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion20832759
Lake10292318
Elkhart6415109
St. Joseph6156102
Allen6029200
Hamilton4724109
Vanderburgh344530
Hendricks2673122
Monroe247436
Tippecanoe226913
Johnson2268123
Clark215056
Porter207845
Cass19329
Delaware188261
Vigo178123
Madison159575
LaPorte137739
Floyd131461
Howard128563
Kosciusko120217
Warrick119936
Bartholomew115357
Marshall98924
Dubois95418
Boone95146
Hancock91143
Grant89133
Noble89132
Henry77024
Wayne74414
Jackson7409
Morgan70038
Shelby66529
Daviess64427
Dearborn63228
LaGrange63111
Clinton59212
Harrison56024
Putnam53710
Lawrence50528
Montgomery50521
Knox5019
Gibson4854
White48114
DeKalb45611
Decatur45439
Miami4263
Fayette41813
Greene41835
Jasper3862
Steuben3707
Scott35610
Sullivan33012
Jennings31212
Posey3060
Franklin29925
Clay2935
Orange28524
Ripley2838
Carroll27013
Wabash2618
Washington2611
Starke2537
Whitley2526
Wells2482
Adams2453
Jefferson2443
Fulton2342
Huntington2223
Tipton21722
Spencer2153
Perry21413
Randolph2087
Jay1730
Newton17111
Owen1651
Martin1640
Rush1524
Pike1401
Vermillion1260
Fountain1182
Pulaski1151
Blackford1133
Crawford1030
Brown1023
Parke941
Benton880
Union770
Ohio767
Switzerland700
Warren391
Unassigned0225

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events