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[INDOT] Hoosier State Train Improvements Celebrate Anniversary, Increased Ridership and Revenue
Start Date: 8/2/2016Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/2/2016
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Hoosier State Train Improvements Celebrate Anniversary, Increased Ridership and Revenue

The Indiana Department of Transportation and on-line communities today celebrate one year of improvements to the Hoosier State® passenger train, which operates four days per week between Indianapolis and Chicago. During May and June of 2016, both ridership and revenue have increased as compared with the same months in 2015. Notably, ticket revenue has increased 62 percent or more.

The Hoosier State is among the highest-rated trains on the Amtrak system, with about 90 percent of riders surveyed in recent months being very satisfied. In the months since October 2015, on-time performance has averaged 82 percent.

New amenities

New amenities on board make the Hoosier State very competitive with driving or taking the bus. Passengers can stay productive or relax and enjoy the journey with free power outlets and Wi-Fi service that uses mobile data along the tracks.

The Hoosier State’s business-class service offers table seating, alcoholic beverages and a hot meal served on a white tablecloth. Business-class passengers may access a unique dome lounge with large windows that provide improved views of the Indiana landscape.

Coach passengers may also purchase fresh food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, on board the refurbished heritage train cars.

Purchase tickets

The four-days-weekly Hoosier State combines with Amtrak’s three-days-weekly Cardinal to provide daily passenger-rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago.

Two promotions have been extended for travel through the end of the year. Students may take 30 percent off the coach fares with the code V808 and all passengers may take 15 percent off coach fares with the code V431. Upgrades to business class are available for an additional charge. Both discounts require tickets to be purchased at least three days in advance.

For full terms and conditions and to purchase tickets, visit, call 800-USA-RAIL or use other Amtrak sales channels, including mobile apps. Hoosier State adult coach fares range from $24 to $48 each way and are subject to discounts and two rewards programs, the Rail Baron Club and Amtrak Guest Rewards.

New contracts

After Congress voted to phase out financial support, the Indiana Department of Transportation and communities that benefit from the Hoosier State agreed to jointly fund the service. The joint funding ensured that local officials had a stake in improving performance and ensuring accountability for the tax dollars invested.


At the end of July 2015, INDOT signed new contracts with Amtrak, on-line communities and a new contractor, Iowa Pacific Holdings. Amtrak serves as the train operator, working with host railroads, providing train and engine crews, and managing ticketing and reservations. Iowa Pacific provides the train equipment, train maintenance, marketing, and on-board amenities. The first train under the new service arrangement departed Indianapolis Union Station on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Location Information:
Jasper County

Lake County

Marion County

Montgomery County

Tippecanoe County
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