INDOT Continues Talking To Save “Hoosier State” Service
November 19, 2014 — The Indiana Department of Transportation expects to reach agreement with Amtrak before its January 31st deadline, to continue operating the “Hoosier State” passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago.
INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield told the Lafayette “Journal & Courier” that they are still talking with Corridor Capital LLC, and plan to meet next week, but he says the negotiations with the firm are over. INDOT was negotiating with Corridor Capital to manage the rail service after the state’s contract with Amtrak expires. The complex negotiations involve two federal agencies, the state, a private company and communities served by the line, including Dyer and Rensselaer.
Wingfield says INDOT is also talking with Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC to potentially provide rail cars, on-board services and marketing for the “Hoosier State” line. Iowa Pacific Holdings was one of three companies that submitted proposals when INDOT selected Corridor Capital.