Project will make Picayune train station more accessible

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PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — Amtrak is set to begin construction on a $4 million project to make a train station in south Mississippi more accessible for people with disabilities.

The project will bring the Picayune station into compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Picayune Item reported.

The largest item in the federally funded project will be a new accessible boarding platform that will be about 400 feet (121 meters) long, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliere.

“Boarding platforms of all different shapes and sizes are on our routes, and we’re working to make all of them compliant with the ADA, which benefits everyone,” said Magliere.

The walkway from the parking lot to the platform will be updated to include ramps and handrails. New lighting and warning strips will be added, and drainage will be improved. A lift enclosure will raise and lower people with wheelchairs or other mobility devices so they can roll on and off of trains.

Construction is expected to last several months and will not affect the train schedule.

Picayune is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of New Orleans.

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