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INDOT > About INDOT > Central Office > Hoosier State Passenger Rail 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 Hoosier State or 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 $6M for these costs during the current (FY16 – FY17) biennium 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 $21,194 per month in FY16. 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  

Iowa Pacific Holdings Agreement

Iowa Pacific was selected as the state's contractor to provide the train equipment, train maintenance, marketing of the service and food and beverage service. Iowa Pacific is one of the world's premier private providers of passenger and excursion trains with services in Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas and other states. Indiana's contract continues through June 30, 2017, and INDOT may prolong the service with Iowa Pacific for up to four additional years. Passenger Rail Agreement with Iowa Pacific (August 2015)

Amtrak Agreement

Amtrak serves as the operator for the Hoosier State, working with host railroads for trackage  rights, providing train and engine crews, and managing ticketing and reservations. The train continues to be operated by experienced and well-trained Amtrak crews responsible for safe operations. Passenger Rail Agreement with Amtrak (August 2015)

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