Dear Editor,

I don’t know if this is the right site I should be at or not but I have a question. I am going to go across country on a train. I am in a wheelchair and want to know if trains are handicapped friendly. Can I get from car to car and are the aisles wide enough? Any info would be appreciated. Thank You, Patty Witzel

Patty,

You are at the right site and, yes, Amtrak trains are accessible. There is a plethora of detailed information on their site about accessibility. I’ve never traveled by rail overnight and am most familiar with the Metroliner, Acela (DC-NY-BOS) and the train from Seattle to Vancouver. However, (with advance reservations-be sure to ask detailed questions) there are accessible cabins with accessible beds and bathrooms, aisles are passable (if people are responsible with their luggage), and while it can be shaky, you can (on some trains) get from car to car. Train attendants are quite helpful, so don’t hesitate to ask them for assistance. There is even a fare discount for disabled travelers!