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Amtrak Expands Accessible Boarding

By July 23, 2015 No Comments

The prototype setback level boarding platform in Ann Arbor, Mich., features a modular platform section that mechanically extends toward the passenger train, bridging the gap created when a level boarding platform is desired.

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.

Read more at and on the Amtrak Blog.