Hoosier State Passenger Rail

The Hoosier State train and Amtrak's long-distance Cardinal services combine to provide daily roundtrip passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago, which includes intermediate stops in Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer. For schedule information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Amtrak website. 

Public Funding

Congress voted to end federal support for the Hoosier State and other Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles effective October 2013. The State of Indiana partnered with on-line local governments to fund Hoosier State operating and capital costs not covered with ticket revenue. The tax amnesty program of 2015 will reimburse INDOT up to $6 million for these costs during the current two-year state budget.  

Hoosier State Partners

INDOT anticipates paying $254,527 per month for the operation of the Hoosier State and the communities of Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer, Tippecanoe County and West Lafayette pay a combined $29,330 per month during federal fiscal year 2017. The communities that are contributing funding have a vested interest in improving on-time performance of the train and ensuring accountability for the tax dollars being invested. Joint Local Funding Agreement  

Amtrak Agreement

Indiana is one of 18 states that contract with Amtrak to provide short-distance, intercity passenger rail services. Amtrak crews operate the Hoosier State, working with host railroads for trackage  rights, providing railcars and locomotives, and managing ticketing and reservations.

Safety Responsibilities

INDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reached an understanding of the clear lines of accountability for safety and accessibility, allowing Indiana to seek private-sector competition for passenger rail. Indiana’s contracts require its vendors to comply with all Amtrak and FRA requirements. In addition, INDOT has designated a staff member responsible for overseeing contract compliance, and has contracted with an independent mechanical inspector. INDOT Agreement Letter with FRA, May 2015  

Request for Proposal

Indiana issued Request for Proposals 1404s1 in April 2014. Corridor Capital LLC, Herzog Transit Services Inc./Passenger Transportation Specialists Inc., Iowa Pacific Holdings Inc. and Railmark Holdings Inc. submitted proposals to improve the Hoosier State service, increase the number of passengers and decrease operating costs. INDOT RFP Archive

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INDOT Contact Information

Venetta Keefe
Rail Programs Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 955
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-232-1474
vkeefe@indot.in.gov