Truitt files bill to fund Indiana Amtrak line

January 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS − Governor Mike Pence and Indiana legislators have exhibited extraordinary leadership by stepping-up to request state budget funding to acquire modern, comfortable new trains and direct INDOT to sponsor a redeveloped and improved Hoosier State, as called for – only − in Corridor Capital’s proposal, which was selected in the state procurement by INDOT and the communities served by the route.

According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier,

Proposals to continue funding Indiana’s Hoosier State passenger rail service have come from the governor’s office and the General Assemby…

The state and local governments served by the 196-mile line have been footing the bill since Oct. 1, 2013, when federal funding ended for routes shorter than 750 miles.

“The understanding from the get-go was that it would be temporary funding and that there would be a more permanent solution,” [West Lafayette Mayor John] Dennis said…

Gov. Mike Pence’s spending recommendation contains language similar to Truitt’s bill, but goes one step further. In addition to funding the service, Pence’s plan authorizes INDOT to purchase rail equipment…

Read the rest of the story in JCOnline, 14 January 2015.

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