Future state funding for the Hoosier State Rail Line is in question after the state severed its contract with private partner Iowa Pacific Holdings.
The recent rise in ticket sales includes a more than 65 percent increase in June from the prior year.
The Hoosier State Line runs from Indianapolis to Chicago.
Iowa Pacific Holdings, the company that owns the rail line between Indianapolis and Chicago, wants to expand the amount of trains from Indy to Chicago each day.
The addition of business class service will more than double capacity of the train, offering 184 seats.
The Hoosier State Line runs four days a week from Indianapolis to Chicago.
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The line's future has been uncertain for months as the Indiana Department of Transportation sought to work out a solution to funding cuts.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says the state will continue to fund the trains until Iowa Pacific can take over.