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Amtrak station celebration planned

Ribbon-cutting for multi-million-dollar improvement set for Monday

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Local leaders in Crawfordsville and Amtrak officials will celebrate the completion of a $2.6 million improvement of the local station with a ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The Indiana subcontractors also will be recognized at the event, which will be conducted at 400 N. Green St.

To date, Amtrak has completed 171 ADA station-related projects as part of the ADA Stations Program, including 20 additional stations meeting ADA compliance last fiscal year for $82 million. Another 29 stations are targeted for completion this fiscal year at a forecasted investment of $113 million. The program is also advancing 120 station designs and 40 station construction projects as part of its ongoing commitment to providing accessibility for all of our customers. Since 2011, Amtrak has invested more than $489 million in accessibility upgrades throughout the country.

Crawfordsville is served by the Amtrak Cardinal, with service to and from Chicago and New York City, via Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Washington.

The existing asphalt platform and shelter were removed and replaced with a new 300-foot concrete platform with a new heated waiting shelter. Also included in the upgrades is new station signage, a mobile lift enclosure, and energy efficient LED light fixtures that improve lighting along the platform and pathways.

An accessible walkway from the public right-of-way to the platform, and two new ADA-accessible parking stalls were also provided as part of the new work.

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