An Amtrak passenger line that runs between Chicago and Indianapolis could come to a halt next year unless a funding dispute between state and federal officials is resolved.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari tells the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/OLDaE7 ) Amtrak plans to end the Chicago-to-Indianapolis Hoosier State route effective Oct. 1, 2013. That route also has stops in Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer, with an optional stop in Crawfordsville.
The separate Cardinal route that run from New York to Chicago through Indianapolis would continue to serve Lafayette three mornings and three nights a week. But Lafayette-area residents would lose four days and four nights of rail service when the Hoosier State stops.
Amtrak maintains that states are responsible for fully funding routes shorter than 750 miles. Indiana officials disagree.