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Hoosiers plan one final push to save the Hoosier State Line

On Apr. 24 hundreds of supporters are expected to speak with elected officials at the Amtrak repair shop located in Beech Grove at 2:30 p.m.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 5:49 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With time running out for a new state budget, passenger rail supporters are making one final push to save the Hoosier State Line.

Hundreds of supporters are expected to speak with elected officials at the Amtrak repair shop located in Beech Grove at 2:30 p.m on Apr. 24.

They'll be discussing the importance of continuing to help fund the train.

As we reported, the Hoosier State Line was not funded in the state's budget this year.

According to Greater Lafayette Commerce Transportation Chair Arvid Olson, nearly one-third of the Hoosier State Line riders are tied to Purdue University.

As it stands now, the Amtrak Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago will stop services starting this July first.

“For many of them, this is a lifeline to communication, especially for international students, this is their lifeline back to O'Hare to go international, back to the Pacific countries they come from,” said Olson.

Senator Ron Alting has pushed to get the Hoosier State Line back in the budget but he said 2:30 p.m. might be a little too late.

“We are going to do a full court press and try to get out of here tomorrow night, so that means the budget will probably be printed and out no later than possibly noon tomorrow,” said Senator Alting. “That's going have to be put in that budget by noon tomorrow or it's probably not going to be put in.”

Olson said the meeting will still go on.

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