Iowa Pacific Holdings envisions Amtrak trains traveling between Chicago and Indianapolis 14 times a day.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says four-days-per-week passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis has begun under a two-year contract with Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has asked Amtrak to continue operating the Hoosier State Line between Indianapolis and Chicago until the state can negotiate contracts with Amtrak, Iowa Pacific Holdings and communities served by the route.
The Indiana Department of Transportation’s effort to continue and improve the Hoosier State Rail Line has been rescued by a tax-amnesty program passed by state lawmakers.
Iowa Pacific Holdings Inc. President Ed Ellis he wants to increase round trips for the Indianapolis-to-Chicago line from four a week to 12 per day. And he wants to decrease one-way travel to less than two hours.
The Hoosier State passenger rail line between Indianapolis and Chicago appears to be back on track toward a long-term future, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced Monday.
INDOT has said it would only reconsider its move to end the Hoosier State line if the FRA or U.S. Department of Transportation reversed the new rail carrier policy.
State officials say a 60-day extension for the Amtrak line allows time for them to complete negotiations to keep it running long-term.
A former executive with a company once in the running to manage an Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago said the company lacked financing and experience.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has ended contract negotiations with a private contractor to provide passenger rail cars, marketing and other services between Indianapolis and Chicago.
The Hoosier State line that runs from Indianapolis to Chicago saw a 10-percent decline in revenue and a nearly 8-percent drop in ridership for its fiscal year.
Founded in 1960, the Indiana Transportation Museum has been working for decades to preserve the Nickel Plate Railroad’s legacy by offering guests what it calls “moving experiences”—literally.
A little-used, delay-plagued passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago has become a battleground, as Amtrak tries to fend off competition invited by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
The proposal from Louisville & Indiana Railroad and CSX Transportation would allow the line between Indianapolis and Louisville to handle larger and faster trains.
The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners will keep funding passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago through Jan. 31 while the state agency negotiates with a private vendor to operate the line.