Amtrak plans platform construction in Windsor and Claremont
Work to improve accessibility is expected to happen this spring
WINDSOR, Vt. — It may be easier later this year to get on and off Amtrak trains, thanks to a platform construction project to improve accessibility.
When a train currently arrives at the Windsor – Mt. Ascutney, Vermont station, “the conductor has to step off and place a small step stool at the bottom of the train steps,” according to town zoning administrator Bob Haight. The new platform will be at the height of this stool.
There may also be new enclosures for accessible lift devices on the platform, he said.
A similar project is planned for the Claremont station, Haight said, who has spoken with Amtrak officials. Amtrak has combined the Claremont project and the Windsor project into one, and the work is expected to happen in April or May of this year, he said. Contractors toured the sites about 6 weeks ago.
Amtrak confirmed the expected schedule, but notes bids have not been awarded yet.