INDOT is currently involved in planning for future passenger rail service in the state. Existing services and operations are now controlled by Amtrak and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD/South Shore). For those interested in a bit of nostalgia, several tourist trains operate in Indiana. For more information about individual train schedules, please contact the operator directly. INDOT has no jurisdiction over tourist trains.
Intercity passenger rail service in Indiana is presently provided by Amtrak. Service of varying frequencies include stops at Hammond, Whiting, South Bend, Elkhart, Nappanee, Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Connersville, Dyer, Rensselaer, Waterloo, Elkhart, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville and Michigan City. For more information about service, visit the Amtrak website.
INDOT has provided more than $1 million in financial assistance for capital improvement to the historic Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility. This infusion helped Amtrak renovate buildings used to expand repair services and secure jobs of Beech Grove and Indianapolis area residents.
The 1977 state General Assembly created NICTD to save service on the South Shore Railroad which serves St. Joseph, LaPorte, Porter and Lake counties. Service originates in South Bend, and has 20 stops on the line to its end destination, Chicago.
INDOT is one of nine member states in the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative, an ongoing effort to develop and expand access to an improved passenger rail system in the Midwest. If developed, this system would provide high-speed rail service (80-110 mph) with shorter travel times, increased frequency of service, accessibility and reliability. Other participating states are Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
The Initiative is an ongoing effort to develop an expanded and improved passenger rail system in the Midwest, including three corridors proposed for Indiana: 1) Chicago to Cleveland, 2) Chicago to Detroit and 3) Chicago through Indianapolis to Cincinnati.
Midwest Regional Rail System Executive Report (September 2004)
Several short-line tourist passenger trains operated in Indiana and provide history and fun for visitors of all ages. To contact the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority, which operates the Indiana Transportation Museum, located in Noblesville, Ind. call 317-776-8268. The Whitewater Valley Railroad is in Connersville, Ind., can be reached at 765-825-2054. The phone number to the Indiana Railway Museum in French Lick, Ind., is 812-936-2626.
Manager, Rail Office
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave. IGCN 955
Indianapolis, IN 46204