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Amtrak Accessibility Update: April 2016

By April 15, 2016 No Comments

ADA Stations Program Progress

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 491 of the more than 500 stations Amtrak serves are required to be made accessible. (The ADA excluded “flag stops” where the train stops only if passengers are present). Determining ADA responsibility involves analyzing ownership of three distinct components: station structure, platform and parking. As of the date hereof, Amtrak has:

  • Sole ADA Responsibility for 129 stations
  • Shared ADA Responsibility for 236 stations
  • No ADA Responsibility for 126 stations

As noted above, Amtrak has either sole or shared ADA responsibility at 365 stations; these stations constitute the Amtrak ADA Stations Program (ADASP).

Stations Work Completed to Date

  • Land Survey: 344
  • ADA Assessment: 273
  • Design: 79
  • Construction Awarded: 66
  • Construction Complete: 33*

*Not all scopes of work included platform work. Some stations may require additional work at a later date to bring platforms into compliance with the ADA.

Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS) Work Completed to Date

    • Design Task Order: 35
    • Design Completed: 19
    • Deployment Task Order: 20
    • Deployment Complete: 16


Project Spotlight: Red Wing, Minnesota

Cars in front of Red Wing Depot

The Red Wing depot opened in 1905.

Amtrak has substantially completed an accessibility project at the Red Wing, Minn., station funded under the Fiscal Year 2014 ADA Stations Plan. The project was designed to provide an accessible route from the public right-of-way and parking stalls to the platform and station building. Signage was installed on the building and in the parking lot, and new city identifier signs with current Amtrak branding line the platform.

Workers remounted the depot’s existing entry door and sidelights to reduce the projection of an adjacent brick pilaster. In the waiting room, existing signage and fire alarm pulls were adjusted to meet ADA requirements, and a receptacle was installed for a TTY telephone. There are also new accessible drinking fountains and a clock with large numbers and hands that are visible at a distance. Restroom renovations included installation of accessible fixtures.

The Red Wing platform is accessible and there is a wheelchair lift available for customers. Further platform improvements have been deferred until a later date and will be addressed under a separate project.

New ramp at Red Wing DepotNew ramp at Red Wing Depot

A new ramp was installed on the track side of the depot.

Identifier signs along platform

New city identifier signs along the platform incorporate current Amtrak branding.

Side by side photos of accessible water fountain and wall clock.

New accessible drinking fountains and wall clock in the waiting area.

The historic Red Wing depot, located on the shore of the Mississippi River, was built by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in 1905 and serves as a welcoming gateway to the city’s vibrant recreational, artistic and commercial offerings. The Red Wing Property Conservation Fund, a private entity comprised of local philanthropists, leased and renovated the building in the 1990s and later purchased it from the city. It houses the Red Wing Visitor and Convention Bureau, an Amtrak waiting room and an arts gallery.

In Fiscal Year 2015, more than 8,000 customers began or ended their journey at Red Wing, which is served twice a day by the Empire Builder (Chicago-Seattle/Portland).


Amtrak Meets With the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and State Disability Community

In February, Amtrak representatives from the Government Affairs, Engineering and Northeast Corridor Infrastructure & Investment Development departments met in Harrisburg with Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Toby Fauver and members of Pennsylvania disability rights organizations.

A train at the platform at Elizabethtown, PA.

A major rehabilitation of the Elizabethtown, Pa., station was completed in 2011.

They discussed the long partnership between Amtrak and PennDOT in providing train services on the Keystone Corridor (Philadelphia-Harrisburg). The Keystone Service (Harrisburg-Philadelphia-New York) and Pennsylvanian (Pittsburgh-New York) are financed primarily through funds made available by the commonwealth. PennDOT presented the group with its long-term plans for redevelopment and ADA improvements at rail stations across the state. Planning and design work is underway for stations including Paoli, while others are in line for assessment and design.

Of particular concern to the group were issues related to stations located on depressed or curved tracks with no accessible pathway between the street level and platform. Some of the planned work will involve track alignment so that straight platforms can be installed on tangent (straight) track, as well as the relocation and installation of signals. Attendees also had questions about Amtrak service for passengers with disabilities.

Amtrak looks forward to strengthening its relationship with PennDOT and passengers with disabilities in Pennsylvania by improving station accessibility. We hope to highlight some of these projects in future editions of this newsletter.


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