Indiana nears agreement on public-private rail partnership
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman says the state is close to completing a deal on a public-private rail partnership involving Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings that would allow passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago to continue.
INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells the Journal & Courier the only obstacle is the completion of a 1,200 foot segment of rail between CSX tracks and Iowa Pacific Holdings’ maintenance facility in Beech Grove, outside Indianapolis.
He says the track problem surfaced Tuesday when a switch had to be redesigned on a CSX line that provided access to Iowa Pacific Holdings’ maintenance facility.
Wingfield says Iowa Pacific Holdings is expected to finish building the track by Saturday evening.