Amtrak boosters hold summit on threatened Chicago line

August 21, 2013

The Associated Press

In this June 12, 2012, file photo an Amtrak commuter train moves through a crossing gate in Illinois on its way to Chicago.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Supporters of an Amtrak passenger line that runs between Indianapolis and Chicago are putting a spotlight on Indiana's looming decision on whether to keep that line moving.

State lawmakers and local mayors whose cities are stops along the Hoosier State line are hosting an "Amtrak Summit" Wednesday in Lafayette.

Sen. Brandt Hershman is scheduled to give the opening remarks, followed by comments by Amtrak's state government relations chief and a panel discussion.

Indiana must decide by this fall whether to contribute $3 million annually for the Hoosier State line, which ferries passengers four days a week between Indianapolis and Chicago.

The Hoosier State is in jeopardy because effective Oct. 1 Congress has eliminated funding for lines like it in 19 states that are shorter than 750 miles.