Amtrak, Indiana Reach Another Extension for Passenger Line

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP): Amtrak and Indiana officials are giving themselves another 60 days to reach long-term deals with a private contractor that will help operate a passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago.
 
Amtrak and the Indiana Department of Transportation announced Thursday they've extended their operations agreement for the Hoosier State line for a fourth time, through June 30. 
 
INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says the parties are hoping to reach long-term agreements for Amtrak employees to operate rail cars provided by private contractor Iowa Pacific Holdings.
 
Indiana and communities served by the Hoosier State have paid Amtrak about $3 million since October 2013 to run the 196-mile route while the state pursued a new operating model.
 
State lawmakers allocated funding for the line in their session that ended Wednesday.