Railroad

INDOT chooses Chicago firm for Amtrak line

June 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Department of Transportation said Monday that it selected Corridor Capital LLC of Chicago to run the endangered Hoosier State passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago.
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Fate of Hoosier State Amtrak route facing questions

June 15, 2014
Associated Press
INDOT is expected to announce in the next two weeks a finalist from four proposals for services, which include operating the train route in its entirety or providing services such as Wi-Fi or food and beverage.
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Four private companies bid on Hoosier State route

May 5, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation has received four proposals to provide services for the Hoosier State Amtrak route between Chicago and Indianapolis, the agency announced Monday.
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Transit advocates step up push to sway policymakersRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A grass-roots effort to salvage daily train service from Indianapolis to Chicago is solidifying into year-round advocacy for passenger rail in Indiana.
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INDOT seeks proposals to privatize Amtrak Chicago route

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking bids from companies interested in operating train service run by Amtrak between Chicago and Indianapolis.
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House panel takes corporate tax increase out of mass transit bill

February 12, 2014
 The Statehouse File
If the House approves the bill as amended, it will set up a debate between the Republican-controlled chambers about who pays for expanded transit.
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Ex-employer accused new CIRTA chief of stealing trade secrets

November 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jeffrey D. Jackson, a 25-year transportation veteran named Thursday to head the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, was sued by Durango, Colo.-based American Heritage Railways in May.
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Indiana town balks at funding Amtrak line to Chicago

November 8, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Lake County town of Dyer is the sole holdout in the plan to keep the Hoosier State passenger line operating for at least one year in response to a cutoff of federal funding.
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Indiana to seek better future deal on Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to re-examine a deal that will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.
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Indy pitches in to continue Amtrak line to Chicago

October 16, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
Communities on Amtrak's Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago will help continue the service for at least a year.
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Amtrak, state reach deal to keep Chicago route running

October 15, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin, Associated Press
The $2.7 million agreement will keep the Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indy and Chicago operating for one year.
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Mass-transit plan draws critics in state hearing

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
Three tea party members testified Thursday against the $1.3 billion proposal that lawmakers delayed last session and sent to a study committee for review.
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Railroad upgrade planned for southern Indiana line

October 3, 2013
Associated Press
The owner of a rail line through that runs from Indianapolis to Jeffersonville is planning a $90 million project to replace an aging bridge and make improvements over more than 100 miles of track.
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Indiana, Amtrak continue Hoosier State line talks

October 2, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana and Amtrak are making progress hammering out a short-term agreement to keep a passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago running until a comprehensive funding deal is reached.
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Amtrak upgrades would boost ridership, cost millions

September 26, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Improvements to Amtrak’s Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago would boost ridership and revenue, but there’s no scenario under which the line would pay for itself, a study says.
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Indiana to negotiate with Amtrak over Hoosier State line

September 24, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
State transportation officials are talking with Amtrak about continuing the Hoosier State line from Indianapolis to Chicago, which requires a state subsidy. The service, which was set to expire on Oct. 16, will continue while negotiations are ongoing.
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Amtrak officials reiterate route's importance to repair hub

September 15, 2013
Associated Press
Amtrak officials are continuing to emphasize that the future of a repair facility south of Indianapolis could hinge on whether it begins receiving $3.1 million in annual state funding for passenger train service between Indianapolis and Chicago.
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Indiana continues talks about Amtrak route's future

September 11, 2013
Associated Press
State transportation officials faced with a looming deadline on the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago met Wednesday with lawmakers, mayors and other local officials to discuss their options.
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Amtrak service, local maintenance facility in danger

August 19, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will lose regular passenger rail service to Chicago and possibly a major employment center if the state declines to take over a federal subsidy for Amtrak after Oct. 1.
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Indiana Amtrak riders suggest more frequent trains

May 6, 2013
Associated Press
State officials are studying the estimated $4 million to $5 million a year it might cost to continue Amtrak's Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago.
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Freight rail service expected to save time to Indy

April 28, 2013
Associated Press
Economic development officials hope a new rail service linking Indianapolis to West Coast ports in Canada will save central Indiana businesses time and money by bypassing a bottleneck in Chicago rail yards.
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Railroad company expanding Indianapolis terminal

January 16, 2013
Indiana Rail Road Co. will construct an intermodel terminal to give Indiana companies an all-rail option for products moving to and from Asia in containers.
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Mass transit group kicking off promotional campaign

January 10, 2013
Indy Connect, the local initiative supporting a $1.3 billion expansion of the transit system, plans to begin an advertising campaign for the proposal on Friday.
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Railcar shipments making a comeback in IndianaRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Scott Olson
High diesel prices are turning companies to trains.
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Local leaders look to save Amtrak route in Indiana

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
Local government and business leaders are working to support continuing daily Amtrak passenger trains between Chicago and Indianapolis that could end because of a federal and state funding dispute.
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  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

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