Help Identify Amtrak Stations with Accessibility Issues

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) are asking supporters to visit Amtrak stations and fill out a check list of accessibility features and/or take pictures and send them to trainweek@ndrn.org

The check list is very detailed—if you can’t answer all the questions don’t worry. Do the best you can AND pictures and anecdotes are definitely welcome.

Target Stations

NDRN wants pictures from as many stations as possible, but  below is a list of specific stations they need help monitoring.  The specific stations listed in parentheses are from a 2009 list of stations that Amtrak admitted still had serious problems with accessibility. 

Pennsylvania:

  • Elizabethtown
  • Mount Joy
  • Parkesburg
  • Cornwells Heights
  • Huntingdon
  • Philadelphia North
  • Ardmore
  • Johnstown
  • Lewistown

 

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It’s the Final Hours of the Session: Harrisburg Needs to Hear from You Again

Earlier this week, we asked you to take action to support a comprehensive transportation funding bill in Pennsylvania. Because we have fallen so far behind in the basic maintenance and replacement needs of our aging infrastructure, the cost of inaction has reached $1 million a day. Today is a crucial day for passage of that bill and the House needs to hear from you again.

The Keystone Transportation Funding Coalition has brought together every part of the transportation system — from public transit to rail freight, from highways and bridges to biking and walking — in an unprecedented effort to create a 10-year transportation funding plan that covers all modes. The Senate passed a bill that adequately addressed the needs of all those modes, including biking and walking.

The House is now debating what level to fund the transportation bill and is discussing significant cuts to the $2.5 billion annual funding that the Senate passed. We need to tell members of the House, and the Governor, that we support funding transportation at $2.5 billion annually.

Think of transportation infrastructure repairs like fixing leaks in a roof — it costs much less to repair those leaks early on than to replace your roof and repair water damage to the floors below when the roof finally falls in. And only fixing half the leaks — by not funding the repair fully — does not fix the problem.

The repair bill for infrastructure will continue to go up exponentially if we do not act now.

As a citizen of Pennsylvania, this matters. But bikers and walkers need to be even more concerned. If PennDOT is struggling to fix the most basic infrastructure problems, they will not have the resources to address the needs of bikers and walkers. In contrast, with a new bill we get a new Bicycle and Pedestrian office at PennDOT that will be looking out for the needs of bikers and walkers in every PennDOT project.

Unfortunately, the House isn’t getting it.  They passed a bill out of committee that is far short of the Senate’s $2.5 billion and we need to make sure that they hear from us today, when debate on the House floor picks up again in an unusual Sunday session.

Please email your House Representative and let him/her know that you want them to vote in favor of a comprehensive transportation bill that funds all modes of transportation at $2.5 billion.  Nothing less will do.

Hearing from you (repeatedly) makes a difference.  Send a quick email today.

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Harrisburg Needs To Hear That You Value Bicycling And Walking

We predicted there would be opposition in Harrisburg to dedicating funding for bicycling and walking, and now we learn we were right.

The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive, 21st century transportation funding solution for Pennsylvania. Given the choice, everyone would prefer Pennsylvania to exist in the 21st century, right?

Now Pennsylvania’s House Transportation Committee is contemplating amendments to that bill. The proposed amendments strip out what the Senate had recommended for biking and walking.

The amendments completely eliminate dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects that make our communities safer.

These proposed amendments would also reduce the funds available for multi-modal projects and deal a huge blow to mass transit, leading to massive service cuts around the state.

These amendments would be very, very bad for Pennsylvania.

As a state we need to improve and diversify our transportation. We need to be able to get where we need to go safely. Bicycling and walking are active modes of transportation. 12% of all trips in Pennsylvania (not just Philly, but the whole state) occur on foot or on bike. But these House amendments want no dedicated funding for bicycling or pedestrian projects. 

If you care about Pennsylvania making us safer by funding bicycling and walking, please contact the House leadership and the Governor today!

 

  • Tell them that you do not support the proposed House amendments to Senate Bill 1.
  • Tell them that you support a final transportation funding package that invests adequate resources in a multi-modal transportation system that includes dedicated funding for all modes of transportation.
  • Ask them to support a $2.5 billion transportation funding plan that would include a first-ever state investment in making our roads and communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Tell them why this is important.

Making roads and communities more conducive to active transportation options, like bicycling and walking, will reduce roadway crashes, reduce carbon emissions, help children and families build physical activity into their daily routines, and open Pennsylvania up to a larger share of the bicycle tourism industry – a $50 billion per year industry.

It’s the 21st century, and we need a 21st century transportation funding bill.
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June 11 Harrisburg Rally for Biking & Walking In New Transportation Bill

The full Pennsylvania Senate took a historic vote yesterday by passing a transportation bill that explicitly supports biking and walking.  We worked hard to make this possible!

The Pennsylvania Senate’s SB1 includes:

  • A multi-modal fund of $80-$150 million annually, to which bicycle and pedestrian projects can apply for funding;
  • A minimum of $2 million of that fund must be spent on bicycle and pedestrian facilities annually;
  • The broadening of this funding to include pedestrian safety projects, streetscape & lighting;
  • A finding that describes Pennsylvania’s comprehensive transportation system to include PA’s “numerous bicycle and pedestrian facilities,” which will make it easier for bicycle/pedestrian projects to compete for highway funds.
There is much to like in this bill for bicyclists, but it faces a tough road in the House. So we are asking you to show your support for this bill.You can show support in two ways:

  1. Join us in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00 AM. We will be rallying on the steps of the Capitol building to thank the PA Senate for passing a transportation bill that includes bike and ped funding, and for continuing to advocate for making our roads and communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  2. Tell your legislator that you support dedicated funding for walking and biking pathways in the state. Send an email to your state representative.
Get involved online by liking the new Walk And Ride campaign on Facebook and following us on Twitter (@walkandridepa).
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Dedicated Bike & Ped Funding in Transportation Bill

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the Pennsylvania Senate passed SB1 with a vote of 45-5.  SB 1 is a $2.5 billion transportation funding bill.  The bill includes a new Multi-Modal Fund which includes $2 million annually in dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects.

This is a big first step in addressing the short fall of transportation funding in Pennsylvania.  The bill is now being considered by the House of Representatives.  Please contact your representative and let them know you support comprehensive transportation funding for walking and biking.

If you are in Harrisburg on Tuesday, June 11, join us at 10 AM on the front steps of the Capital building as we thank the PA Senate for passing a transportation bill that includes dedicated funding for bicycles and pedestrians.

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