I found this interesting information on the new layout for Amtrak to develop and design a new accessible train to meet ADA standards . I found this on Facebook so I though to share with you all and see your opinion on this. I also provide links so you can read more about it.
More details on Amtrak’s concepts for a new ADA-compliant long distance fleet.
Sure to generate considerable debate, the two concepts are premised on fixed consist trainsets.
The 10-car single-level trainset proposal (shown in the attached diagram) includes:
Car #2 – Half non-accessible/half accessible coach, 2-2 seating; 32-inch path begins.
Car #3 – Non-accessible 1-2 seating/accessible coach.
Car #4 – Accessible coach (1-2 seating)/café
Car #5 – Accessible diner/galley
Car #6 – Accessible diner/lounge (diner section adjacent to galley in car 5)
Car #7 – Sleeping car, 3 accessible bedrooms, 2 non-accessible bedrooms; 32-inch path ends.
Car #8 – Non-accessible roomette sleeper
Car #9 – Non-accessible bedroom sleeper
Car #10 – Utility car (Crew Rooms & Baggage).
The 9-car bilevel trainset (shown in the attached diagram) includes non-accessible features on the lower levels & accessible features accessed via elevators on the upper levels.
Car #1 – Lower: Non-accessible coach 2-2 seating
Upper: Non-accessible & accessible seating, bathroom; 32-inch path begins
Car #2 – Elevator – Lower: Non-accessible 2-2 seating
Upper: Accessible 2 -1 coach seating & restroom
Car #3 – Lower: Non-accessible coach 2-2 seating
Upper: Accessible coach/café (1-2 coach seating—café at one end of the car)
Car #4 – Upper: Dining car with some accessible seating (galley below)
Car #5 Lower: Non-accessible roomettes and family room
Upper: Accessible Lounge & 1 accessible room
Car #6 – Elevator – Lower: Non-accessible roomettes and family rooms
Upper: Accessible rooms
Car #7 – Lower: Non-accessible roomettes and family room
Upper: Accessible (3 bedrooms); 32-inch path ends; non-accessible (2 bedrooms);
Car #8 – Lower: Non-accessible roomettes and family room
Upper: Non-accessible bedrooms
Car #9 – Lower: Baggage
Upper: Non-accessible roomettes and crew rooms
REMEMBER…These are only initial concepts being considered and many modifications are likely to occur during the design process.
SO … Share your thoughts!