Hoosier State Line service extended 30 days

Amtrak train on the Hoosier State line (Photo courtesy of WLFI)

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The Hoosier State Line is getting a one month reprieve before possibly closing down for good.

As WISH-TV sister station WLFI News 18 reported last Friday, the passenger rail line between Indianapolis and Chicago was going to end after April 1 due to a requirement from the Federal Railroad Administration.

The FRA issued a requirement that Indiana take responsibility for all in-state railroads, though the Indiana Department of Transportation does not own any tracks or trains. Officials said the switch in liability means keeping the rail service going was no longer cost effective.

But after a phone call between INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg, the FRA agreed to reconsider its position — keeping the Hoosier State Line operating through the end of April.

Browning said however, it is not clear if the FRA will change its mind.

“Because Ms. Feinberg committed to reviewing this, we want to give the FRA another opportunity to consider the problems Indiana has been airing,” Browning said in a release.

Over the course of the last year, local and state leaders have been working to save the rail line. INDOT has also been working to save the Hoosier State Line and has been making progress in negotiating long-term agreements with two experienced passenger rail providers — Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings.

WISHTV.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s