Federal funding to make rail stations accessible announced

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The Federal Transit Administration announced it will provide $1.75 billion to make it easier for people to get on board the nation’s rail systems.

The funding will help agencies retrofit subway stations so people who need an elevator or ramp – including people who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility – can still reliably access the rail systems serving their communities, according to the FTA.

The All Stations Accessibility Program is a new discretionary grant program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will increase access to transportation systems and advance the Biden-Harris Administration's priorities of promoting equity, addressing the workforce shortage and boosting economic strength.

Funding through the program ensures that those relying on rail systems can get to work and school, be less dependent on vehicles, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More than 900 transit legacy stations are not fully accessible today. 

Given that many inaccessible rail stations are concentrated in urban areas, millions of transit riders across the country are impacted by the lack of infrastructure that supports assisted devices, such as wheelchairs or crutches. Additionally, people experiencing a temporary disability, caregivers, and parents with strollers are adversely impacted by the lack of these accommodations, according to the FTA.


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