Lawmakers seek better deal on Ind. Amtrak line

One of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter Locomotive makes a demonstration run during unveiling ceremonies at the Siemens Rails Systems factory in Sacramento, Calif. Monday, May 13, 2013. Three of the new electric locomotives have been completed and will be turned over to Amtrak for testing before they began operating on the Northeast intercity rail lines to replace Amtrak locomotives that have been in service for 20 to 30 years.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) The new electric locomotive, one of three of 70 to be built, will run on the Northeast intercity rail lines and replace Amtrak locomotives that have been in service for 20 to 30 years.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Indiana lawmakers say they plan to re-examine a deal which will keep the Amtrak line between Indianapolis and Chicago running for at least another year.

Gov. Mike Pence and local leaders signed off on a measure Tuesday that would use state local taxes to cover the cost of operating the line. The agreement will keep trains running through January 2015.

But members of the General Assembly's transportation study committee would like to take a look at the agreement in the coming year. House Transportation Chairman Ed Soliday said Wednesday he has concerns about the value of the rail service. Supporters of the continued service say it is vital to Indiana's economy.

The federal government ended subsidies for Amtrak service on its shortest routes throughout the nation in 2008.