Amtrak, Illinois Reach Deal to Maintain Instate Service

Springfield (AP) — Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation say they have reached an agreement to maintain existing service on state-supported routes while reducing costs. The deal announced Friday will maintain service through the end of the fiscal year on June 30 at a cost of $38.3 million to the state. The department paid $42 million the previous fiscal year. According to the department and Amtrak, the state used credits for previous equipment upgrades it paid for to negotiate a lower cost.