The Cardinal is a passenger train route operated by Amtrak thrice weekly, connecting New York Penn Station with Chicago Union Station via Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmington, Delaware, Washington, D.C. , Charlottesville, Virginia, Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The length of the route is 26½ hours, and operated over 1,146 miles . The Hoosier State provides service the other four days on the 196-mile (315 km) section from Chicago to Indianapolis.