Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says the state will continue to fund the trains until Iowa Pacific can take over.
A Department of Justice investigation revealed inaccessible parking, inadequate counter height, and refusal to sell tickets to customers with disabilities.
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.