Iowa Pacific Holdings President Ed Ellis says his company could boost ridership on the Hoosier State Rail Line by tapping into a different demographic.
The line, which has faced several threats of closure in recent months, was set to cease operation at the end of this month if a deal wasn’t reached.
State and federal authorities must reach a decision before April 30 to save the Hoosier State Line railroad.
INDOT previously said service on the line would end April 1 because of a Federal Railroad Administration decision to classify the state as a railroad carrier.
The Hoosier State Rail Line’s future had been in some doubt for months because of funding issues, but it wasn’t those concerns that led to INDOT’s announcement.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has extended the passenger rail service's contract while long-term negotiations on the Hoosier State line continue.
INDOT was looking to Corridor Capital to take over hoping it could improve service on the Hoosier State Line, but negotiations ended abruptly last weekend.
Just under 34,000 people road the Hoosier State line between Indianapolis and Chicago last year.
Funding for the Hoosier State Line runs out January 1, when another company is set to take over operations from Amtrak.
Officials at Corridor Capital, which is taking over management of the Hoosier State Line, are outlining their plans to improve service.