Indiana Department of Transportation announced that a four-days-per-week passenger rail service between Chicago and Indianapolis has begun under a two-year contract with Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings, until the end of June 2017. The contract has an extension option for up to four additional years.
The Hoosier State trains operate between Chicago and Indianapolis, with four other Indiana stops en route. It leaves Chicago on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Northbound trains from Indianapolis arrive on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Indiana Department of Transportation anticipates that it would pay Iowa Pacific about $255,000 per month and the communities of Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer, Tippecanoe County and West Lafayette would pay a combined $21,000 per month for the service. Under the deal, the Indiana Department of Transportation will receive 25 percent of Iowa Pacific’s operating profits for the Hoosier State line.