Stimulus funds will pay to improve depot for better use by disabled

By GARY HARMON
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One of the first stimulus projects set for the Grand Valley calls for installation of a wheelchair lift at the Grand Junction rail depot downtown and improving the depot so that it complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The projects, along with several others in Colorado, are part of Amtrak’s Project Mobility, according to Amtrak documents online.

Project Mobility calls for $14,000 wheelchair lifts to be installed in Grand Junction, Granby, La Junta and Winter Park/Fraser.

It also calls for improvements costing $53,000 at the Glenwood Springs depot. The project will include new lighting, platform repairs, disability-compliant access to the street and new signs.

The Grand Junction depot also is to get an ADA-compliant tactile edge on its existing concrete platforms, the documents state.

Similar improvements will take place in Granby, La Junta, Lamar and Trinidad.

Implementing Project Mobility nationwide will make 481 Amtrak stations compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act and will cost $1.56 billion.

Assuming funding is made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by the beginning of fiscal year 2010, the project could be complete by 2015, Amtrak said.

The Grand Junction lift could be installed as soon as the end of next year, officials said.


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