INDOT receives four proposals for Hoosier State passenger-rail service

May 6, 2014

Four companies responded to the Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) request for proposals to improve operation of the Amtrak Hoosier State passenger-rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago, the department announced [May 5th].

Proposals were received from Corridor Capital L.L.C.; Herzog Transit Services Inc. and Passenger Transportation Specialists Inc.; Iowa Pacific Holdings Inc.; and Railmark Holdings Inc., according to an INDOT press release. Amtrak, the current service provider, previously submitted a proposal…

The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act ended federal support for certain Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles. …The act allows states to contract with independent providers or Amtrak to operate the trains that they now help subsidize…

INDOT and the participating communities seek to improve the Hoosier State service, increase the number of passengers and decrease operating costs by opening the operation to competition from private operators in addition to Amtrak, state officials said. INDOT officials hope to announce a selected proposal this summer.

Full story in Progressive Railroading, 6 May 2014.

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