McGregor Amtrak station on list for settlement for those with mobility disabilities

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The McGregor Amtrak station is one of those on the list in a Justice Department settlement agreement for compensation for people with mobility disabilities.

The settlement payments would be for those who traveled to or from one of the 78 stations identified as having possible accessibility issues.

Claims must be submitted by May 29, 2021 and would be paid out of a $2.25 million dollar fund.

On December 2, 2020, the Department of Justice and Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, entered into an agreement to resolve the department’s findings of disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, Amtrak will fix inaccessible stations and pay $2.25 million to victims.

To be eligible for monetary compensation, an individual must:
•Have a mobility disability;
•Be harmed physically or emotionally because of accessibility issues, including, for example, inaccessible parking; steep slopes or steps to get to the station; lack of directional signs; toilet rooms with inaccessible entrances, stalls, or sinks; high ticket counters; deteriorated platforms; and narrow routes at stations, at one or more the stations listed below between July 27, 2013, and Dec. 2, 2020;
•Have lived at, visited, or desired to visit a place closer to the station
•Submit a claim form and declaration by mail, fax, email or online to the claims administrator by no later than May 29, 2021. Help is available from the settlement administrator for those who are unable to complete the claim form due to a disability.

Questions about making claims should be directed to the settlement administrator by any of the following methods:
•Telephone (toll-free): 1-888-334-6165
•TTY Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-411-6976

Under the agreement, Amtrak has committed to make its intercity rail stations accessible, prioritizing stations with the most significant barriers to access.

Over the next 10 years, Amtrak will design at least 135 stations to be accessible, complete construction at 90 of those stations, and have at least 45 more under construction.

Amtrak will also train staff on ADA requirements and implement an agreed-upon process for accepting and handling ADA complaints.

As part of this commitment, Amtrak recently established an Office of the Vice President of Stations, Properties & Accessibility to coordinate its compliance with the ADA.

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