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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amtrak has “limited progress” in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Inspector General’s report

Amtrak, the nations largest passenger rail service is still plagued by accessibility problems with lack of planning, (real commitment) for people with disabilities, an internal Inspector General's audit finds. Issued on Mon, 08/04/2014 as report - OIG-A-2014-010

Amtrak has made “limited progress” over the last two years in improving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to the report.

In 2011, 48 of the 482 stations Amtrak serves were ADA compliant. Amtrak committed estimated funding of $100 million to address the problems during 2012 and 2013.  The inspector general found that nearly half of the funds provided, went toward management expenses.

Joseph Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, stated a commitment to management changes for Amtraks ADA program.  Mr. Boardman also stated that Amtrak representatives will meet quarterly with national disability groups to address accessibility issues.

For the Amtrak Inspector Generals report (pdf);
Addressing Management Weaknesses Is Key to Enhancing the Americans with Disabilities Program

For previous post on Amtrak:

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