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Indiana received federal funding to research the expansion of Amtrak



Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indiana Department of Transportation will receive $500,000 from the Federal Railroad Administration to research the growth and development of the Indianapolis to Chicago rail route.

Amtrak operated daily passenger trains between Indianapolis and Chicago, Illinois, until 2019. There are now only three weekly round-trips available between the two cities.

Between 1999 and 2003, a different line called the Kentucky Cardinal ran between Louisville and Indianapolis. Advocates for trains hope to have that service back as well.

A proposed route that would connect Columbus, Ohio, with Fort Wayne, Indiana and Chicago is also being considered by officials.

A program called Corridor Identification and Development would be funded by federal funds. INDOT would have to develop a plan outlining the track and facility upgrades that are required, as well as operational expenses and ridership data.

An INDOT press release states that state matching funds are not needed for this round of the program.

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