Because the State of Indiana and the general public are two separate things. I’m talking about the state government, not everyone in the state. Michigan didn’t vote on buying up the AML, MDOT just went and “did it” (granted it wasn’t quite that simple but it was NEVER put in the hand so of the public). The state government went to NS, bought it to improve services, and gave it to Amtrak to fix up and operate. Indiana could have at least tried to do the same thing but they didn’t. They don’t appear to have made any attempts to actually fix the problems after the failed IP thing. No money? Okay. CSX unwilling to cooperate? Okay. Those are legit reasons and at least the state would have tried to help with improvements. But they didn’t, and that’s what I think is so shameful about this.I'm confused why you seem to keep decoupling the State of Indiana with the voters of Indiana? Is there a dictatorship in Indiana that I don't know about? If the people of Indiana cared about public transportation don't you think that would be reflected in their government? Mind you, Indiana is a State that has a ban on light rail for goodness sakes. Regardless of how knowledgeable Indianan's are about rail or not, that's for the citizens of Indiana to rise up and educate their fellow citizens and advocate for it themselves and then vote the right people in. Things seem to be moving in the right direction through: https://www.wishtv.com/news/indiana-news/indiana-lawmaker-wants-light-rail-ban-lifted-in-2019/1620067488
Regarding Federal Grants, you obviously haven't kept up with the latest TIGER grant amounts and what they've been approved for lately. PS it involves asphalt and not steel.