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End of the line appears near for Hoosier State Amtrak train

Train service would end July 1
Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 08, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—Amtrak's Hoosier State passenger train between Indianapolis and Chicago could be at the end of its line.

Amtrak announced Monday it will not sell tickets for the Hoosier State after June 30, but says it is in discussions with the state in an effort to save the train.

June 30 is when state funding for the train runs out and there are no dollars in the proposed state budget to keep the Hoosier State going.

Democrats tried to keep the train in the budget, but were voted down by the Republican majority.

The train runs four days a week between Indianapolis and Chicago, with stops including Crawfordsville and Lafayette.

Without the Hoosier State, there will still be some train service on the same route.

Amtrak's Cardinal, operates between New York and Chicago on the three days the Hoosier State does not, stopping in Indianapolis and other towns served by the Hoosier State.

The Cardinal receives federal funding, so for now, it is safe.