Potential Amtrak Cuts Is Topic Of August 21 Meeting
August 12, 2013 — Greater Lafayette Commerce is planning a summit August 21st that is designed to discuss the potential loss of an Amtrak passenger route between Indianapolis and Chicago.
The Amtrak “Hoosier State” Indianapolis-to-Chicago passenger route could cease October 1st, if state funding is not secured to preserve the service. The General Assembly’s current budget approved the Indiana Department of Transportation’s use of discretionary funds to support the “Hoosier State” but INDOT has not committed the monies.
The Indianapolis-to-Chicago route is one of the Midwest’s busiest passenger routes. It carried 37,000 passengers in 2012. Currently both the “Hoosier State” and the “Cardinal” cover the route, together providing service seven days a week, with stops in Crawfordsville, Dyer, Lafayette and Rensselaer.
If the “Hoosier State” is dropped, the “Cardinal” will be the only train on the route, running from Indianapolis to Chicago on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, and from Chicago to Indianapolis on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The August 21st Amtrak summit will be held at Faith Community Center, just east of the I-65/State Road 26 interchange in Lafayette.