Access Upgrades on Tap for VIA Rail

There’s good news in the air about accessible rail travel in Canada. VIA Rail just announced that they’re going to add some access upgrades to their historic stainless steel rail cars. And according to VIA Rail sources, these upgrades will substantially increase the train’s accessibility for disabled passengers.

Access upgrades will include the alteration of four Park sleeper-dome-lounge cars. Two accessible cabins will be aded to each car. These oversized cabins will include a fully-accessible washroom with shower facilities. An on-board lift will also be added to each car.

The Park Cars are used on the transcontinental Canadian route, which offers rail service between Union Station in Toronto and Pacific Central Station in Vancouver. It’s a beautiful train trip, and I’m pleased that wheelchair-users will soon be offered more accessible accommodations.

The refurbished rail cars are due to be delivered in 2011. So start planning now for that accessible Canadian rail trip.