Amtrak's statement regarding handicap accessibility

July 29, 2010 2:50:28 PM PDT
Amtrak has sent Action News a statement concerning their train stations and accessibility for disabled passengers.

Amtrak sent to Action News a statement along with the Amtrak ADA Compliance Report, as prepared for Congress.

The Amtrak statement reads:

"Amtrak has made significant improvements across our service to improve accessibility for passengers with disabilities, including that 94 percent of Amtrak passengers begin or end their trips at accessible stations.

Amtrak has long acknowledged publicly that we would not meet the deadline to make all stations ADA compliant, including at Parkesburg. Primary reasons why Amtrak has not meet the deadline include availability of funding and an often complicated ownership structure where the tracks, the platform, the station building, and the parking area may each have a different owner. Regarding Parkesburg, Amtrak owns it all and we are currently targeting ADA improvements to be completed in FY 2011."

Steve Kulm
Director, Media Relations

Click here to read and watch the Action News report regarding Amtrak and disabled passengers.


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