News Release

June 29, 2015

Future Hoosier State Equipment Completes Inspections

INDIANAPOLIS – Train cars and locomotives for the future Hoosier State service completed the final step in inspections with a test train between Chicago and Indianapolis this weekend.

Completion of the inspections and related documentation will allow the Indiana Department of Transportation to finalize separate, long-term service contracts with on-line communities and two passenger rail operators, Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings.

INDOT plans to continue the existing Amtrak Hoosier State service until the agreements are finalized, then INDOT will provide notice to Amtrak and Iowa Pacific to transition the service.

Under the planned service, Amtrak will serve as the primary operator, working with host railroads, providing train and engine crews, and managing reservation and ticketing. Iowa Pacific will provide the train equipment, train maintenance, on-board services and marketing. Indiana’s contracts would require Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings, separately, to comply with all Amtrak and FRA requirements. In addition, INDOT will designate a staff member to oversee contract compliance.

Purchase tickets
The four-days-weekly Hoosier State (Trains 850 & 851) and the three-days-weekly Amtrak Cardinal (Trains 50 & 51) provide daily service between Indianapolis and Chicago.

Tickets are available at, 800-USA-RAIL and other sales channels, including Amtrak mobile apps. Adult fares range from $24 to $48 each way and are subject to discounts and Amtrak Guest Rewards points.

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