Indiana Amtrak riders suggest more frequent trains

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Some riders say Amtrak's passenger service between Chicago and Indianapolis would be more popular if there were more frequent options for catching a train.

Federal funding cuts are prompting Amtrak's plans to end in October the four-day-a-week Hoosier State route - with stops in Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer. Amtrak's three-day-a-week Cardinal line running from Chicago through Indianapolis to the East Coast will continue.

Cory Reynard of Lafayette was taking the Hoosier State train to Chicago last week. He tells the Journal & Courier it's less expensive than driving, but he was surprised that only one train headed to Chicago in the morning and one back at night.

State officials are studying the estimated $4 million to $5 million a year it might cost to continue the service.

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