For those with disabilities, picture a vacation that is scenic, leisurely, affordable and comfortable, where there’s no waiting in long lines or delays. If you want a vacation that is all of those things, consider taking the train.

Prices are competitive with air, bus, or car travel, and Amtrak has 500 stations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. It also cooperates with VIA Rail Canada for travel into Canada.

Trains are spacious compared to other modes of travel, and wheelchair users are seated next to large windows with great views within easy access of accessible restrooms.

Other luxuries:

  • Wireless internet service is offered on many trains
  • Formal breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining car
  • Snack bar with soda, coffee and beer, sandwiches, burgers and snack food
  • Order from a menu and have food delivered to your car
  • Accessible coach and sleeper cars. (A private bathroom is available in the sleeper.)

Amtrak is very accommodating to people with disabilities, but request services and information in advance as accessible spaces are limited, and will be held only for people who need them until 14 days before departure, after which they are available to the general public.

If you have specific needs, do not make your reservation online.

Amtrak offers a discount for passengers with disabilities. You must provide written documentation of disability at the ticket counter and when boarding in the form of an identification card that many transit systems provide, a membership card for a disability organization, or a letter from a doctor. (Ask about other discounts first, to judge which one is the best.)

For information on the accessibility of Amtrak trains and stations call a reservation representative at 800/USA-RAIL (800/872-7245) or by visit www.amtrak.com.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.

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