Amtrak Has Been Slow At Making Its Stations, Trains Accessible For Wheelchair Users.

January 29, 2020

USA Today (1/29, Tate) reports that even though Amtrak reversed its “decision to charge two wheelchair users $25,000 to ride a train in Illinois,” the railroad has been “slow to make progress on improving the accessibility of its stations and trains.” Amtrak was “given until 2010 to comply” with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but “a decade later, most of the network’s roughly 500 stations” still “don’t meet the law’s requirements.” Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson “met on Tuesday with Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss the incident” involving Amtrak charging two wheelchair users “$25,000 to ride from Chicago to Bloomington, Illinois” and “the railroad’s plan to improve its accessibility.”

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