WL could spend $200K on Hoosier State Line

Nov 1, 2013

The West Lafayette city council will decide Monday whether or not to contribute $200,000 to help keep the Hoosier State Line running for at least another year.

Several cities along the passenger rail route from Indianapolis to Chicago are providing a combined $2.5 to replace funds that used to come from the federal government.

West Lafayette mayor John Dennis says Amtrak must make improvements to the service before a long-term deal can be reached.

The agreement funds the service for a year, with an optional four-month extension.

Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, Indianapolis, and Tippecanoe County are part of the agreement as well.

Also chipping in is Beech Grove, home to about 550 jobs at the Amtrak maintenance facility.