Amtrak Adds Amenities to Hoosier State Line

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Amtrak is adding free Wi-Fi, modest food service and business class seating to a passenger line that runs between Indianapolis and Chicago while Indiana remains in talks with a private vendor to operate the line.

Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman announced the improvements Wednesday before joining U.S. Rep. Andre Carson and others in boarding a special Amtrak train in Indianapolis for a trip to Chicago with four stops along the way. Boardman says Wi-Fi service will be added Wednesday night to the Hoosier State line, which runs four days a week.

Legislation Congress passed in 2008 stopped funding last fall for passenger rail routes less than 750 miles long, including the Hoosier State line.

The Indiana Department of Transportation and seven partners are funding the line through Jan. 31.