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Amtrak, state reach deal to keep Chicago route running

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Indiana and Amtrak have reached a tentative agreement that will keep a passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.

Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday that the deal will keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service operating for one year with an option for an additional four months. Funding for the operations will come from the Indiana Department of Transportation and seven communities, including Indianapolis, Lafayette and Crawfordsville.

Under the agreement, Amtrak will receive $2.7 million for one year. The communities will contribute more than half of the total.

The rail line's future had been in doubt since Congress voted in 2008 to cut off $3.1 million in annual federal funding for passenger lines of less than 750 miles. The decision affected 19 states.

Indiana was the final state to reach a funding agreement to continue service.

The 196-mile Hoosier State runs four days a week.

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