Amtrak’s Charge to Accommodate 2 Extra Wheelchairs? $25000

Amtrak apologized in late January after officials told an advocacy group that it would cost $25,000 to accommodate two additional passengers in wheelchairs. The advocacy group for people with disabilities had planned weeks in advance for a two-hour trip outside Chicago, and had worked with Amtrak before.

It usually costs just $16 to buy a one-way ticket on the Amtrak train from Chicago to Bloomington, Ill.  To read more, follow these links:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/17/797355136/amtrak-asks-two-people-in-wheelchairs-to-pay-25-000-for-a-ride

After NPR first reported on the price, Amtrak issued a statement saying it would accommodate the passengers as “they originally requested.” The rail service agreed to receive seven people with wheelchairs for the trip Wednesday, according to Access Living officials.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/US-amtrack-wheelchairs-accessible

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