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Last day for Amtrak trains on Indianapolis-to-Chicago route

June 30, 2019

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — It’s the final day for Amtrak trains on the Hoosier State passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago.

WTHR reports the last train from Indianapolis to Chicago left the station early Sunday.

The rail agency pulled the plug on the route after a loss of funding in Indiana’s new state budget. Amtrak won’t run the four-days-a-week train after Sunday. That’s when its $3 million annual state subsidy ends.

State officials say the ridership numbers were too low and the per-passenger subsidy of about $100 was too high.

Amtrak runs another route, the Cardinal, between Indianapolis and Chicago as part of a Chicago-to-New York City route.

A New York City-based startup has said it’ll test daily bus service between Indianapolis and Chicago.

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