INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Efforts are underway to try and save Amtrak service from Indianapolis to Chicago.
Federal funding for the Hoosier State ends Oct. 1 because the route is fewer than 750 miles. Instead, the state would have to pay the bill.
Wednesday in Lafayette, a summit was held by those who say losing the line will hurt business, jobs and the potential for future high speed rail service. According to Greater Lafayette Commerce, which sponsored the summit, the Indianapolis to Chicago route carried 37,000 passengers last year.
Senator Brandt Hershman of Buck Creek helped pass a bill in the state legislature that allows the Indiana Department of Transportation to spend the money needed to keep the line running. But he says it has to make sense.
"We'd love to have the opportunity to move people between Indianapolis and Lafayette to Chicago on a daily basis. We think the opportunity exists. Now the question is: What does that look like in terms of structure and funding?" Hersman said.
Leaders in Beech Grove are also watching developments closely. They fear the loss of the train service might lead to a shut down of the Amtrak maintenance yard.
Thousands of people were in Indianapolis Saturday night to see Ohio State University and Michigan State University fight for the Big 10 football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.
For years, thousands of children visiting from near and far took time out of their visit to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for a ride on Cookie, a beloved pony.
As a tribute to veterans, the Indiana American Legion dedicated a new flagpole at the governor's residence on Saturday.