Hoosier State Reports Ridership, Revenue Rise

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The new two-year state budget includes $3 million per year for the Hoosier State service. The new two-year state budget includes $3 million per year for the Hoosier State service.
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Operators of the Hoosier State train say ridership and revenue increased in March and April, compared to the same months last year. The line is also touting a faster schedule between Indianapolis and Chicago.

The service, which runs four days per week, is now scheduled to arrive 11 minutes earlier into Indianapolis and five minutes earlier in Chicago. The shorter schedule is the result of the trains departing earlier from their intermediate stops.

Earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced a mutual separation agreement with Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings Inc. In March, Amtrak resumed its role as passenger rail provider.

INDOT and Amtrak say ridership rose double-digits in March and April compared to the same month last year, with revenue up as well. In addition, the operators say on-time performance is nearly 85 percent since October, including more than 90 percent in March.

The two-year state budget recently signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb includes $3 million per year for the Hoosier State service.

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