Amtrak Touts Station Accessibility Projects

The Amtrak station in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is among several that will be renovated this year to make them more accessible to those with disabilities.

Also slated to be renovated this year are stations in Prince, West Virginia; Devils Lake, Rugby, Stanley, and Williston in North Dakota; Detroit Lakes, Red Wing, St. Cloud and Winona in Minnesota; and Glasgow and Havre in Montana.

“Passengers with disabilities represent a large and growing share of Amtrak ridership and we are proud of our role as an important means of transportation,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman in a news release. “We are confident we can build on the progress made to date and advance a robust program of station accessibility improvements in the years to come.”

Amtrak said that over the past 25 years it has improved accessibility at many stations, including repairs and upgrades to platforms, ramps and sidewalks, and renovating entrances and restrooms. All Amtrak trains have accessible seating and restrooms, and long-distance trains have accessible bedrooms.

During the past five fiscal years ridership by passengers with disabilities has increased 50 percent.

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