Another Improvement in Amtrak Hoosier State Service

Shorter schedule makes for better travel times, saves
state money

WASHINGTON – Amtrak and CSX have reached a mutual
understanding on an improved schedule for the Amtrak Hoosier State, Trains 850
& 851, which operates between Indianapolis and Chicago, via Crawfordsville,
Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer, Ind. CSX owns all of the Hoosier State’s route in Indiana.

Amtrak plans to offer the new schedules next month. While
details remain to be finalized, northbound Train 851 will leave Indianapolis later
than the current 6 a.m. departure time. Meanwhile, southbound Train 850 will return
to Indianapolis earlier than today’s 11:39 p.m. arrival. The times at all the
intermediate stops will also change.

The Hoosier State is
operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Indiana Department of
Transportation (INDOT). The schedule reduction will save more than $72,000 in annual
operating costs to the state.

The Hoosier State trains
operate on days when the Amtrak Cardinal, Trains 50 & 51,
does not operate. The state-sponsored Hoosier
runs on Sundays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays and the Amtrak
National Network-funded Cardinal is
scheduledon the three remaining

“Together, these trains carried more than 60,000 customers
last year and provide daily service on an important Amtrak MidwestSM
route, one with great potential that we look forward to developing with our
partners at INDOT and CSX,” said Joe McHugh, the Amtrak Vice President for state-supported
services. “We’ve brought to this route improved schedules and better reliability,
free Wi-Fi and food service. As partners, we can further improve the financial
performance, reduce trip times and offer a still better option than driving

“I’m encouraged we are finding ways to further improve this service and continue striving for a reduction on the state’s cost per passenger,” said State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica). “Everyone agrees the status quo is not sustainable. As the financial officer on the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, I’ve seen what can be done when partners work together. We can do that in Indiana, too.”

Amtrak serves Rep. Negele’s district from the stations in Crawfordsville, Lafayette and Rensselaer.