Amtrak Settlement

Amtrak settlement fund as agreed to by Department of Justice

By PVA National Staff

Amtrak has entered into a Settlement Agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve a lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Settlement Agreement resolves alleged violations of the ADA.

If you were harmed by Amtrak’s lack of accessible transportation services between July 27, 2013, and December 2, 2020, you may be eligible to receive payment from a compensation fund established by Amtrak.

Amtrak was supposed to comply with the ADA in 2010, 20 years after passage of the law. However, many barriers still remain, including physical access to stations, parking, a path of travel to and throughout the station, restrooms, drinking fountains, train platforms, audio announcements, access boarding the train, reservation counters, and websites.

If you encountered the barriers listed or other instance of discrimination, you can submit a claim. Claims must be submitted by May 29, 2021.

Information about how to submit a claim is available in several ways: (1) by visiting www.AmtrakDisabilitySettlement.com (2) by sending an email with your name, address, and telephone number to info@AmtrakDisabilitySettlement.com, or (3) by calling the Fund Administrator at (888) 334-6165 or TTY: (866) 411-6976.

Please disseminate this information to your chapter members. If you have any questions, please contact Lee Page, Senior Associate Advocacy Director, at Leep@pva.org.

NEW YORK – APRIL 2: An Amtrak passenger waits for his train at Penn Station April 2, 2004 in New York City. Security officials have received recent threats regarding the nation’s railways. US Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) co-sponsored a bill with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) calling for $570 million for security improvements to six rail tunnels serving New York. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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