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[s7] Sen. Hershman: Senate Approves Budget Amendment to Support Amtrak Services
Start Date: 4/8/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/8/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2013) — A budget amendment by State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) to increase transportation options for Hoosiers passed the Senate today.

 

The amendment to House Bill 1001 allows the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to reallocate some of its funds to Amtrak for the performance of services or purchase of equipment. This reallocation would be subject to review by the State Budget Committee and approval by the State Budget Agency.

 

For some time now, Amtrak’s status in Indiana has been uncertain,” Hershman said. “This is a resource that is both underutilized and underfunded. The amendment approved today will give INDOT the option of transferring some of its funds to boost support to Amtrak. Ultimately, the state can now decide whether this is a resource that fits Hoosiers’ needs. I’m interested in exploring options to provide improved service for Hoosiers with a schedule that could encourage increased business and recreational travel through a partnership with Amtrak.”

 

The Senate passed the amendment today by a voice vote. It will be a part of HB 1001 as the bill continues through the legislative process.

Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Lytwyn
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: tlytwyn@iga.in.gov
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