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Travel by Train for the Dsiabled

AMTRAK

Public Affairs Office

400 N. Capital Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

(TTY) 800-523-6590

in Pennsylvania (TTY) 800-562-6960

(800) USA-RAIL - (800) 872-7245

Or Customer Relations

P.O. Box 2709

Washington, DC 20013

Will give information on accessibility of trains and stations and assistance. Amtrak now has special cars for disabled passengers. Many trains have areas where the disabled can sit in wheelchairs. Some have special seats in the dining cars and accessible sleeping cars and restrooms. Amtrak personnel get special training in assisting disabled passengers. Senior citizens, blind and disabled travelers receive a 25-percent discount on Amtrak tickets by presenting an identification card ($5.00, one time cost) from the American Foundation for the Blind, 15 West 16th Street, New York, New York 10011. (212) 620-2000, or other local state or federal government agency. A letter from a physician certifying that the passenger has an impairment which limits his ability to use Amtrak services is also acceptable. Disabled children ages 2-11 pay only 3/4 of the full adult fare There's also a special Amtrak reservations system available to deaf travelers who have access to a teletype machine. Amtrak publishes a guidebook called Access Amtrak explaining services for disabled and elderly travelers.

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT TRAIN TRAVEL

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

British Rail 1979: A Guide For Disabled People, 75p plus 75p postage, Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR, 25 Mortimer Street, London, W1N 8AB, England.

British Rail and Disabled Travellers, 1980, free. British Railway stations, or. British Railways Board, Central Publicity Unit, 22 Marylebone Road, London, NW1, England.

TRAVEL TIPS

C Different trains have various degrees of accessibility, so be sure to check that the services you need will be available. Ask about cars and stations.

C If you have difficulty walking, a moving train may pose special problems. Ask to have your meal brought to your seat or your compartment.

C Check for discount fares for companions who must accompany a disabled person.

    C Guide dogs for the blind travel free.

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