Amtrak Pays Over $2M To Passengers With Disabilities Over Accessibility At Stations.

January 12, 2022

The New York Times (1/12, Chung) reports, “Amtrak has paid more than $2 million to over 1,500 people with disabilities whom it discriminated against at nearly 80 train stations across the country, from Tuscaloosa to Topeka, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday.” The payments “are the first of several actions mandated by a settlement reached last year between the railroad” and the Department of Justice (DOJ) “that requires Amtrak to rectify persistent barriers across its rail system to those with disabilities.”

        Newsweek (1/12, KLAWANS) reports that the settlement “was agreed to following a comprehensive investigation by DOJ officials, which found that Amtrak’s train stations violated numerous aspects of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).” Amtrak “is responsible for the accessibility aspects of ‘over 400 of the approximately 514 stations it serves,’ according to the DOJ’s settlement agreement,” however, “the investigation discovered that the railway giant failed to make these widespread stations ‘readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, including individuals who use wheelchairs.’” Amtrak has “also agreed to take significant steps to help make its stations across the United States more accessible,” and “the DOJ has given the rail company ten years to complete the steps.”

        Axios (1/13, Falconer) also covers the story.

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