Indiana’s Sales, Ridership Decline

October 27, 2014

The nation’s train service announced Monday that ridership and revenue were up for the past fiscal year across the country.

Not in Indiana.

Amtrak reported a growth in ticket sales by 4 percent from fiscal year 2013 to the end of the current fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. The company also announced a small increase — 0.2 percent — in ridership over the same period.

But the picture turns gloomy for Amtrak’s operation in Indiana. The 196-mile line that runs from Indianapolis to Chicago, known as the Hoosier State and which stops in Lafayette/West Lafayette, saw a decrease in revenue of 10 percent and a ridership decrease of nearly 8 percent.

The news gives yet another black eye to the already troubled line, whose future is in limbo. The Hoosier State is scheduled to keep running through January. After that, Chicago-based private contractor Corridor Capital LLC is supposed to take over management under an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation — but the deal has not yet been finalized.

Read the full story here in the Journal and Courier

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