Two Southern Illinois Amtrack Stations Part of $2.25 Million Justice Department Settlement
(STL.News) Patrons of two Amtrak stations in the Southern District of Illinois may be eligible
for compensation as part of a recent Justice Department settlement. On January 29, federal
authorities announced that a $2.25 million fund had been established to compensate travelers with a
mobility disability who were harmed physically or emotionally because of accessibility issues at 78
Amtrak stations nationwide between 2013 and 2020. Included in the settlement were Amtrak stations
in Centralia and Effingham, Illinois.
According to Justice Department officials, those stations did
not meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The stations in Centralia and Effingham were on a long list of stations where passenger platforms
were not readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. Although the specific issues were not
disclosed, examples include steep slopes, no detectable warnings at the platform edges, and ground
surfaces that were not stable, firm, and slip resistant. The Effingham station was also cited for
not having accessible bathrooms. Some of the violations at other stations covered in the settlement
include inaccessible parking, lack of directional signs, high ticket counters, and