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.
The extended contract runs through January, when the state hopes to hire a new company to operate the line from Indianapolis to Chicago.
The Hoosier State Rail Line runs from Indianapolis to Chicago and could face extinction due to lack of funding.