Amtrak completes upgrades at Ashland Station

The Amtrak station in Ashland, Virginia has been updated to improve accessibility and safety.

Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) are partners in bringing daily Amtrak Northeast Regional service to the station located in the city’s downtown area at 112 N. Railroad Ave.

Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), VPRA, and the City of Ashland have partnered to advance a series of improvements, including the construction of two brick platforms, the placement of two mobile elevators, and the canopy who accompanies him. Mobile lifts are available at each platform and will benefit all customers with rolling luggage or strollers, in addition to passengers using mobility devices.

“We are making these kinds of investments in our national network,” said Amtrak Vice President Dr. David Handera. “We want Ashland and all of our resorts to be welcoming and a comfortable environment for all of our customers.”

To date, Amtrak has completed 162 ADA station-related projects under the ADA Station Program, with 16 stations brought into ADA compliance in the past fiscal year for $58 million. The completion of 41 other stations is planned for this fiscal year with an expected investment of $126 million. The program is advancing the design of 120 station and 40 station construction projects as part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to providing accessibility for all of our customers.

“The improvements to Ashland Station make rail service more accessible and an even better option for travelers with mobility issues,” said DJ Stadtler, executive director of VPRA. “Thanks to the strong partnership between the City of Ashland, Amtrak and VPRA, using Ashland Station is now safer and more convenient for all Amtrak passengers.”

Amtrak and the City of Ashland have partnered in a one-block redesign of N. Railroad Avenue. A redesign of the site will allow for a safer experience for customers and pedestrians, and will change the vehicular traffic pattern. The new platforms will be connected with sidewalks, crosswalks and a pedestrian level crossing so that customers can move safely between trains and the station.

“Ashland’s platform improvement project is a great benefit to the community,” said Ashland City Manager Joshua Farrar. “The most important element of this project is to ensure that people with reduced mobility have a safe and accessible platform and walkway to use when taking a train or simply visiting the region.”

Melvin Z. Madore