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Next week, Crawfordsville is set to celebrate the rebirth of the Hoosier State Amtrak line – assuming that comes to pass.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Todd Barton about how the city is preparing to embrace the trains – and whether their new operators still have work to do before residents can truly embrace mass transit.

Shortly after the new Amtrak service begins, site selectors from the lieutenant governor’s office will visit Crawfordsville to judge whether it’s worthy of a Stellar Communities grant.

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A Department of Justice investigation found that many of Amtrak’s facilities across the country don’t comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, including all 11 Indiana stations.

Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, the state’s disability advocacy agency, is one of several organizations around the country that filed complaints against Amtrak with the Department of Justice.

The agency’s executive director Dawn Adams says the report it sent to the DOJ was based on extensive inspections of Amtrak stations after the state received numerous complaints.

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  Local mayors say education and mass transit are two areas they’re glad to see getting more funding in the new two-year state budget passed this week.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski (D) is especially pleased with the education funding.

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Supporters of the Hoosier State Passenger Rail Line experienced some nervy moments in the final day of session after funding for the line was seemingly zeroed out of the budget.  

Previous budget versions included six million dollars specifically for the Hoosier State Line…but the version released late Tuesday night didn’t seem to include it anymore.  Senate budget architect Luke Kenley says, instead, he put the six million into a bigger pot of money controlled by the Department of Transportation.

Purdue Athletics

We close out the first season of Off The Field With Morgan Burke today and as we do so, we take a look ahead.

Changes are coming to two of Purdue’s stadiums. Change may also be coming to how fans get to and from Purdue sporting events.

And if the campus hopes to change how diverse it is, could athletics lead the way?

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Indiana Department of Transportation officials have reached an agreement in principal with the Federal Railroad Administration to keep the “Hoosier State” Amtrak line running indefinitely.

The line, which has faced no fewer than four threats of closure in just the past six months, was set to cease operation at the end of this month if a deal wasn’t reached.

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An end to service on the Hoosier State passenger rail line could throw a wrench into public transportation advocates’ hopes for a funding increase in the state budget. 

Transit advocates Tuesday used a day they'd been planning for weeks to highlight the problems that could wreak on the affected communities.

The House Republican budget proposal included a $6.4 million dollar in public transit funding -- $6 million of which was meant for the Hoosier State Rail Line. 

INDOT To Cancel Hoosier State Line April 1st

Mar 9, 2015
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5 p.m. MONDAY UPDATE:  

The president of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance is disappointed by INDOT‘s decision to end Amtrak’s "Hoosier State" rail service on April first.

But Steve Coxhead thinks the federal ruling on rail service shorter than 750 miles was rushed into effect because Indiana was negotiating with a private company.

Crawfordsville mayor's office

One of the key components of public service is communicating with one’s constituency.

In an era of multifarious electronic media, that job can be seen as either easier – because there’s so many ways to do it – or harder, because it takes additional time to meet everyone where they live in cyberspace.

We address how this phenomenon affects Crawfordsville on this week’s Ask The Mayor.

We also chat with Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton about a recent speech he gave to young men in his town, asking them to learn not just in the classroom, but about life.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

There are finally some positive signs that the trains might keep running on time in Lafayette.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we’ll chat with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the latest developments in the saga of keeping Amtrak service in the community and ask him about a sudden change of heart from Governor Pence.

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