LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s effort to keep Amtrak service to Chicago running beyond January faces a new challenge amid dwindling revenue and ridership.
Amtrak announced Monday that ridership and revenue were up nationally during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. But the Hoosier State line that runs from Indianapolis to Chicago saw a 10 percent decline in revenue and a nearly 8 percent drop in ridership.
The Journal & Courier reports the Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local partners agreed to pay Amtrak a $2.7 million subsidy to keep the Hoosier State line running for one year last October. They are funding the line through Jan. 31 under a four-month extension.
A private contractor is supposed to take over management in January, but no deal has been finalized.
Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com
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