Michigan Cities to Improve Accessibility at Rail Stations

Four cities settled lawsuits citing a lack of ADA compliance at their intercity rail stations.

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February 10, 2023, 7:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction

Four Michigan cities will bring their rail stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) after settling lawsuits, reports Marie Weidmayer in M Live.

Kalamazoo, Holland, Bangor, and Dowagiac are tasked with resolving their ADA violations within the next three years. The necessary changes apply to station platforms, waiting areas, restrooms, and other parts of the stations. According to the article, “Issues at the Kalamazoo station, 459 N. Burdick St., included the fact that there was no accessible route to the building’s accessible entrance from the public right of way, public transit, accessible parking and passenger loading, MLive previously reported.”

Accessibility improvements are coming to rail stations around the country. “The U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement in December 2020 with Amtrak about accessibility and all of those changes are designed to ensure people with disabilities have equal access to transportation,” Weidmayer explains. 

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