Hoosier State Passenger Train Service In Doubt

The future of the Hoosier State Train with stops in several cities between Indianapolis and Chicago, and back again, including Rensselaer, could be in doubt. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed state budget would end the $3 million subsidy for the train line, after June 30th. Rensselaer Mayor Steve Wood told our news department he was shocked about this announcement, and that he will be speaking with other mayors along the train’s route about making a joint call to the governor’s office. The Hoosier State runs four days a week, and has stops between Chicago and Indianapolis, that also includes Crawfordsville, Lafayette and Dyer. Amtrak took over the line’s operations in 2017, after a private contractor ended its deal to run the trains over concerns it wasn’t making enough money from a deal with Amtrak and the Indiana Department of Transportation.