Amtrak is boosting high-speed train service in the busy Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington DC, but plans to eliminate a city-to-city route in the Midwest.
Boston.com reports that Amtrak has increased its premium Acela service by adding a fourth round-trip on Saturdays. Amtrak also offers ten daily Acela roundtrips on weekdays, and six on Sundays.
The new train 2255 departs Boston at 1255 and arrive in Washington, DC at 2001; the returning train 2252 departs Washington, D.C. at 1050. and arrive in Boston at 1758.
However, The Chicago Tribune reports that Amtrak is also eliminating its “Hoosier State” service between Chicago and Indianapolis, Indiana, as of June 30.
The Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday trains are being dropped because the state of Indiana cut $3 million in funding for the route.
Instead, state officials earmarked $205 million for improving and expanding service on the South Shore Railroad, a commuter train that runs between the South Bend airport and Millennium Station in Chicago.
Amtrak will continue to operate its Cardinal trains between Chicago and Indianapolis on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, with through service to New York City.