February 28 was the last day of service for Iowa Pacific Holdings on the Hoosier State train. Beginning March 1, Amtrak takes over full operation of the line.
For many, the appeal of the Hoosier State train is the amenities it offers. Although the cars now will be Amtrak’s equipment, the company plans to retain many of the amenities Iowa Pacific provided.
The train will have a cafe car with public and private dining options. Food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, may be purchased in the cafe car. The train will also be equipped with wifi.
Amtrak will continue to offer business class seating in a private, curtained car. This includes large, leather seats with extensive legroom, as well as complimentary tea and coffee.
Three cars in all will be utilized for the service, two coach cars with 68 seats each and a combination business class car with 14 seats, and the cafe car. The dome car, a windowed observation car owned by Amtrak, also will be on loan to the line for March.
“This is similar to the St.Louis-Kansas City service we operate under contract with the Missouri Department of Transportation,” Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.
For March, Amtrak is offering a special promotion for riders. Tickets will be buy one, get one free.
Lafayette-to-Chicago ticket prices range from $17 to $30. There will be no change in the train’s schedule.