ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – On July 23, 2015, Amtrak unveiled a prototype retractable setback-shuttle platform at the Ann Arbor station. It provides safer and faster boarding on and off trains for all passengers, including those who use a wheeled mobility device, seniors and those who need assistance with luggage and strollers. The platform mechanically extends toward the train, bridging the gap created when a level-boarding platform is needed.
This next generation of passenger-focused technology will allow Amtrak to deliver a modern passenger railroad that is accessible to all. “Amtrak is proud to serve as an important mode of travel for people with disabilities and recognizes that accessibility improvements benefit all passengers by eliminating barriers to travel,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak Senior Vice President/Chief Government Affairs & Corporate Communications.