A new bill passed in the House of Representatives, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015, clearly identifies the Amtrak Inspector General responsibilities “as it looks at Amtrak boarding procedures and provides a report on improvements.” The bill will make it easier for the IG to consider boarding issues for passengers bringing on non-motorized transportation. In the past, Amtrak has fallen short in meeting ADA requirements. This bill encompasses wheel chair access as well as bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles.
Additionally, the bill provides potential financing opportunities for the “Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency program and help commuter rail agencies with infrastructure improvements, including the installation of positive train control.” Making the trains more accessible will also help to increase ridership and revenue.
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