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Amtrak Supporters Ask State For $3 Million To Keep Line Open

Supporters of the Amtrak line in Indiana are making their case for why the state should allocate $3 million to make up for federal cuts.

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Amtrak 351 blows past the station at Hammond without stopping during a lake effect snowstorm.

Supporters of Amtrak’s Hoosier State Line are putting pressure on Indiana officials to fund the rail service.

Federal funding runs out Oct. 1 for the line that runs from Indianapolis through Lafayette to Chicago.

Those in favor of the service gathered at Lafayette’s Riehle Plaza to make their case for the $3 million of state support.

Indiana AFL-CIO president Nancy Guyott says doing so is a no-brainer in her opinion.

“There is no question that rail will be an increasingly important mode of transportation in this country the years to come,” she says. “The question before us today should not be ‘do we keep what we have?’ The question should be ‘what additional investments do we need to make above and beyond that that will best position the Hoosier economy for success in the economy to come in America?’”

The Hoosier State runs four days a week.

It carried 37,000 passengers in fiscal 2012, or about 178 passengers per service day.

Ficara says saving the rail line will require a group effort and urges residents to write to Indiana lawmakers expressing support for state funding.

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