After successfully saving Amtrak’s Hoosier line, new rail transportation projects have undergone intermittent levels of progress. The bulk of construction on improvements and new rail lines are occurring in Northern Indiana. These projects involve new commuter lines for Chicago and completed upgrades to the Amtrak Wolverine service.
However, many of the efforts to improve rail travel in Southern and Central Indiana are stalled in the planning stages. IDOT is hopeful and will continue to conduct studies that could lead to construction in the future. The improvement of existing rail lines and the construction of high-speed tracks is critical for the most effective Midwestern high-speed rail network. Efforts must continue to be made to establish both commuter rail and intra-city rail in Indiana.