INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Department of Transportation says it has begun negotiations with Amtrak over continuing passenger rail service four days per week between Indianapolis and Chicago.
The announcement Tuesday came one week before a key deadline: Amtrak has said it won't end service with states holding good-faith contract negotiations on Oct. 1.
Congress voted in 2008 to end federal support for Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles. At least seven of the 19 states affected have signed operating agreements. Indiana must come up with $3.1 million annually to replace the funds Congress eliminated.
Indiana transportation officials have met lawmakers, mayors and other local officials to discuss ways to keep the Hoosier State Line running. The line with stops in Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer carried 37,000 passengers last year.