- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The Amtrak station in Ann Arbor is testing a retractable platform designed to make it easier and faster for people with wheelchairs, strollers or luggage get on and off trains.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein and others were on hand for Thursday’s dedication of the prototype setback-shuttle platform.

Bernstein is blind, and Amtrak says the platform will improve travel for people with disabilities.

Amtrak says “the platform mechanically extends toward the train, bridging the gap created when a level-boarding platform is needed.”

The passenger rail system says it and Madison Heights-based RLE International developed the platform.

Amtrak says it will use the prototype for two year test, after which it plans to deploy it at other stations.



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