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June 10, 2016

The Chicago-Indianapolis Corridor connects the two largest cities in the Midwest and is vital to the communities it serves. It is also a key segment of the statewide network and has the potential to grow substantially, generating large economic and environmental benefits.

Please ask Governor Pence to invest in faster, more frequent and dependable train service along the corridor.

Yesterday a special train operated between Indianapolis and Lafayette to celebrate the service. Iowa Pacific, the Indiana Department of Transportation(INDOT) and Amtrak partnered with the communities along the line to educate stakeholders about the new service. We believe this is a great opportunity to share the potential of the corridor and the immediate steps required to reach it.

The future of the Hoosier State depends on reducing the travel time below 3 hours and 30 minutes with additional daily trips. This will require improvements to the existing infrastructure. For this to happen, INDOT needs an understanding of the capital requirements for improvements to the tracks and signals along the route. That will require INDOT to request a capital cost and phasing estimate from the owner of the tracks, CSX. In order to meet the needs of the market, service with 12 trains/day and travel times below 3 ½ hours are necessary.

Today we are asking Governor Pence to request phasing estimates of 4, 6 and 12 trains/day.

Best,

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

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