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[INDOT] INDOT Launches Development of Hoosier State RFP
Start Date: 12/20/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/20/2013
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INDOT Launches Development of Hoosier State RFP

INDIANAPOLIS – In conjunction with its local community partners, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has retained rail consultant R.L. Banks & Associates Inc. to develop a Request for Proposals (RFP) to improve the Hoosier State passenger train, which operates between Indianapolis and Chicago four days each week.

The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act ended federal support for certain Amtrak routes of less than 750 miles. In October, Governor Mike Pence announced an agreement to keep the Hoosier State operating for one year with the generous support of Indianapolis, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Beech Grove.

INDOT and the communities seek to improve the Hoosier State passenger experience, increase the number of passengers on the train and decrease train operating costs by opening the operation of the train to competition from private operators in addition to Amtrak. The Act allows states to contract with independent providers or Amtrak to operate the trains that they now subsidize.

No disruption in service is anticipated as a result of the RFP. To purchase tickets to ride the Hoosier State, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or visit www.amtrak.com/cardinal-hoosier-state-train. To learn about how tax dollars support the Hoosier State passenger rail service, visit www.in.gov/indot/3200.htm.

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