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Feds cite Va. Amtrak station for violating deaf man’s rights

FILE- In this Aug. 12, 1985, file photo, Lillie Steinhorn, 74, stands inside the computer tape storage room at the headquarters of the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. She began work for the agency in 1936, a year after the Social Security Act was signed into law. As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday on Aug. 14, 2015, the federal government's largest benefit program faces serious financial problems that could be fixed with only modest changes, if Congress acts quickly. (AP Photo/Bill Smith, File)

FILE- In this Aug. 12, 1985, file photo, Lillie Steinhorn, 74, stands inside the computer tape storage room at the headquarters of the Social Security Administration in Baltimore. She began work for the agency in 1936, a year after the Social Security Act was signed into law. As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday on Aug. 14, 2015, the federal government’s largest benefit program faces serious financial problems that could be fixed with only modest changes, if Congress acts quickly. (AP Photo/Bill Smith, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration has cited an Amtrak station in Henrico County for violating a deaf man’s rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The agency said the station on Staples Mill Road lacked required public telephone technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The agency also said the station doesn’t provide a visual information system to update passengers about delays and schedule changes.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1MZWuyw ) reports that disAbility Law Center of Virginia director Colleen Miller announced the agency’s findings on Monday. The center had filed a complaint on behalf of Gary W. Talley of Petersburg.

Talley says announcements of train delays often are made by loudspeaker.

Amtrak told the federal agency that it’s taking appropriate action to ensure its operations comply with the law.

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This story has been corrected to show the road’s name is Staples Mill Road, not Station Mill Road.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

 

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