A Conversation About The “Hoosier State”

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February 26, 2015 — Lakeshore Public Media staff — The Indiana Department of Transportation signed an extension of its agreement with Amtrak to continue the “Hoosier State” passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis.  The service makes stops at Dyer and Rensselaer.  The extension ends April 1st.

In the meantime, INDOT is considering a proposal from a Chicago-based transportation marketing and service provider, Iowa Pacific Holdings, to take over the “Hoosier State,” providing the cars, marketing and support for the service.  Amtrak will then just provide the engineers and conductors for the trains.

The Lakeshore’s Chris Nolte talked with Steve Coxhead, the president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, about the “Hoosier State” if Iowa Pacific Holdings gets the contract.


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