This is part three of my Midwest High Speed Rail Association 2013 Fall Meeting recordings. The gathering was held at Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Indianapolis Indiana.
A panel discussion on efforts to keep Amtrak Hoosier State running. The successful grassroots campaign that achieved getting Amtrak funding from the State of Indiana and a 1 year reprieve is discussed. Panel members are Doug Yerkeson, Ray Ford, Brian Connors and Bill Malcolm. Those who took part in this campaign were recognized and thanked. The conversation included what needed to be done to continue the momentum. Amtrak Hoosier State positives and negatives were discussed along with thoughts on what needs to be achieved to greatly improve the quality of service.
Towards the end we see Robert Stewart, NARP ( National Association of Railroad Passengers ) Board Chairman starting his presentation.
To attend the 2013 Midwest High Speed Rail Association Fall Meeting I rode Amtrak Lincoln Service to Chicago. Stayed overnight and boarded Amtrak Hoosier State Friday evening to head to Indianapolis Indiana. The overnight stay wasn’t required – I just had other plans.
“The Hoosier State runs daily between Chicago and Indianapolis with Reserved Coach service.”
Amtrak adds amenities to Hoosier State line adding free Wi-Fi, modest food service and business class seating to passenger line that runs between Indianapolis and Chicago.
State Rep. Randy Truitt filed House Bill 1217 Proposals to continue funding Indiana’s Hoosier State passenger rail service have come from the governor’s office and the General Assembly