Hoosier State passenger route facing decisions

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Communities that are paying to subsidize a passenger rail line from Indianapolis to Chicago will have to decide whether they want to continue to do so after the Indiana Department of Transportation selects a private company to try to improve services.

Funding is not guaranteed after Oct. 1, when an agreement hammered out last year by state and Amtrak official to keep the rail line running expires.

The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven local governments agreed to pay a $2.7 million subsidy to Amtrak after it announced it was ending funding for passenger lines shorter than 750 miles.

The decision put the future of the Hoosier State, which runs from Chicago through Lafayette to Indianapolis four times a week, in jeopardy.

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