Accessibility improved at more than 200 stations in past four years
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is recognizing and honoring the anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law in July 1990. With input from national disability advocacy groups, America’s Railroad® has taken many significant steps to improve the travel experience for passengers with disabilities –from trip planning, to purchasing tickets, to stations, to equipment and on-board services.
In addition, over the past four years, Amtrak has made accessibility improvements at more than 200 stations, including repairs and upgrades to platforms, ramps and sidewalks, and renovated entrance ways and restrooms.
Also, all Amtrak trains have accessible seating and restrooms, all long-distance trains have accessible bedrooms and Amtrak is the only mode of intercity transportation that provides a discount to passengers with disabilities and their companions. Through June 2013, ridership among passengers with disabilities has grown by 20 percent this fiscal year over the same period the prior year.