Hoosier State rail service OK through January

August 21, 2014

The Hoosier State passenger rail service will continue through Jan. 31, allowing time for the state and communities served by the line to determine what’s next for the Indianapolis-to-Chicago route.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the state, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer and Beech Grove agreed to exercise the four-month contract extension allowed under an existing agreement with Amtrak.

…Indianapolis officials recently stated that they would not fund the four-month extension [but the city] returned to the fold after meetings with Bob Zier, INDOT multimodal director…

With the extension in place, INDOT has returned its focus to negotiating a contract with Corridor Capital LLC, a private company that submitted a proposal to provide newer rail cars, Wi-Fi and a food cart, Zier said.

…Zier ticks down a list of steps he plans to take to make Hoosier State more attractive — set a more convenient schedule; obtain federal grants to improve the track; negotiate a faster route; and offer connecting shuttles to and from Kokomo, Bloomington and Terre Haute.

“We want to get into a five-year agreement with Corridor Capital,” Zier said. “We eventually want to take the route over ourselves and run this train…

Read the rest of the story in the Lafayette Journal and Courier, 20 August 2014.



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