Indianapolis to continue funding Hoosier State Line through 2014
The City of Indianapolis has agreed to continue funding its share of the Amtrak Hoosier State Line through the end of 2014.
Eyewitness News first reported last month that Indianapolis had planned to pull its funding because the contract with the company chosen to run the Hoosier Line did not have funds for repairs at Union Station. That move would have effectively killed the service.
Gov. Mike Pence, INDOT and the city are working on a long-term deal.
Six other communities are also part of that agreement.
The city outlined this morning $4 million in repairs and upgrades to Union Station, some of which are already finished or are underway.
The city says that being 100 years old, there's a lot of maintenance and repair needed to keep it going.
The roof needs repairs and the sky lights are cracked and have patches on them that are no longer holding. The building also needs brick repair.
Some of the money for repairs will come from the downtown TIF, which is a source that's been used on the building before for capital projects.
The rest of the funding will come from other sources.
Tonight on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m., we'll take a closer look at what's planned for Union Station and how the Amtrak deal could factor into what's done there.