Amtrak Will Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Discrimination Claims

US passenger railroad Amtrak will pay $2.25 million to resolve civil claims by the US Justice Department that it discriminated against passengers with disabilities, and agreed to fix up train stations that failed to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers and others with limited mobility.

US passenger railroad Amtrak will pay $2.25 million to resolve civil claims by the US Justice Department that it discriminated against passengers with disabilities, and agreed to fix up train stations that failed to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers and others with limited mobility.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Justice Department said in a statement that the company had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to upgrade its stations to accommodate passengers, even though the railroad was given two decades ago to do so since the law’s 1990s passage. 

The DOJ added that Amtrak was meant to have implemented the appropriate changes by July 26th 2010.

Under the terms of the settlement, the US passenger railroad will be required over the next 10 years to design at least 135 train stations to be more accessible to disabled patrons, complete construction at 90 of those stations and have 45 more under construction.


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