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Amtrak, INDOT agree to Hoosier State contract extension

Amtrak will continue to operate the Hoosier State service between Indianapolis and Chicago under an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contract extension through April 1. A previous contract extension expired Jan. 31.

The 60-service agreement will provide the parties extra time to complete long-term contract negotiations for Amtrak to continue operating the service, with portions of provided by INDOT contractors, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

INDOT officials are negotiating renewal of the service on behalf of the state and Beech Grove, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Rensselaer, Tippecanoe County and West Lafayette.

The four-days-weekly Hoosier State and the three-days-weekly Amtrak Cardinal service provide service between Indianapolis and Chicago.

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