Elevator at Springfield Station Awaits Amtrak Inspection

A new elevator at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts, is expected to open to the public after it passes an Amtrak inspection.

The elevator will provide access to Platform C, which was recently rebuilt.

Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, said it is not clear when the inspection will occur.

He said his agency, which owns the station, is in contact with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation about the matter.

Platform C is higher than the older platforms at the station. It was rebuilt as part of an $11 million state-funded project to renovate the station.

The cost of the overall project has been $103 million and included sprucing up the station head house, and installing new stairs, benches and garbage receptacles.

Most of the station renovation work was completed in June 2017 but Platform C didn’t reopen at that time because it was too narrow to ADA handicapped-accessibility standards.

The station was unsuccessful in getting an exemption from the federal rule while rebuilding the platform was being planned.

The elevator is needed because the passenger waiting room, ticket areas and other amenities are at ground level but the platform are elevated above them.

Trains currently use Platform D. Platforms C and B do not have their own stairways and elevator.

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