Amtrak may cut its passenger-rail service on a line between Chicago and Indianapolis by more than half next year, which could mean a hard adjustment for the cities along the route.
Right now, Indiana passengers can catch a train each way between Chicago and Indianapolis once a day, seven days a week. But that could drop to just three days a week next year, when Amtrak says it will discontinue the Hoosier State line unless the state starts paying to keep it running.
Wabash College junior Jack Yuan says he takes the train to Chicago about once a month and can walk to the Amtrak station in Crawfordsville from campus in 20 minutes.
“Sometimes it’s for networking, sometimes it’s for friends. Or food. I mean, there are not many food choices, especially for Chinese food, in our town,” he says.
Montgomery County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Sharon Kenny says losing any rail service is a problem for Crawfordsville area residents. She says people already have few choices for transportation, other than driving.
“The train is the only other option. We don’t have a taxi service or a limo service. There is no bus service,” she says.
Amtrak officials plan to meet with state leaders soon to discuss the cost of continuing the rail service.