Texas Central works closely with leaders in the disability community to ensure the entire journey experience is the best it can be for everyone – safe, predictable, and enjoyable. This means from the time you make reservations, through the boarding process at the stations, riding and moving about on the train, and until you arrive at your destination, there will be full ADA-compliant access. These conversations will help to ensure the train service considers everyone’s needs before making final design decisions with respect to accessibility and mobility.
On Texas’ high-speed train, there will be state-of-the-art accommodations for those who are hard of hearing or have vision impairments, as well as those with physical disabilities. Designers are currently incorporating improved lighting and audible signals for train arrivals and departures as well as alerts for door openings and closings, and tactile warning strips at the platform edges. There are also plans for informational displays and scale mock-ups to ensure all passengers can board the trains safely and be aware of all train operations and services. Passengers with limited mobility will also have the option to utilize easily accessible elevators to take them directly to the platform for boarding.
Inside the trains, in addition to conveniently located areas for wheelchairs and attendant seating, passengers in wheelchairs will be able to move throughout the entire train. Aisle widths on board the train will enable passengers in wheel or powerchairs to easily move up and down aisles and between train cars, providing a more comfortable ride for passengers using mobility devices. This design will allow for riders who are in wheelchairs the freedom to decide whether they want to remain in their chair or move to an assigned space. This freedom of movement often leads to other choices including whether they want an attendant to join them on the journey. In addition, platforms in the train stations will have a no-step entry to the train floors so that passengers in wheelchairs can board safely and easily, with a smooth and level transition onto the train and along the entire interior aisle of the train. The restrooms will also be ADA accessible, convenient, and allow for contiguous and smooth access from adjoining cars during the less than 90-minute travel time.