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Published on : Sunday, July 26, 2015
The Ann Arbor Amtrak station will offer a prototype retractable setback-shuttle platform that will provide 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 America’s Railroad® to deliver a modern passenger railroad that is accessible to all.
“Amtrak making its platforms more accessible is a great step in our efforts to improve inclusiveness and accessibility for people with disabilities,ultimately helping all Michiganders” Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “It’s great to see a Michigan company taking the lead and partnering with Amtrak to improve transportation options for everyone.”
Amtrak and RLE International of Madison Heights, Mich., developed this setback-shuttle
platform from concept, through the design process, to a prototype for installation at the Ann Arbor station. This prototype will remain in use for a two-year test on performance and then Amtrak plans to deploy at other stations.
“Amtrak’s willingness to invest in the disabled will serve as a benefit to all,” said
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. Amtrak’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and comfortable service to all, including providing additional amenities to those passengers who have a disability.