The project to upgrade the platforms at the Ashland Train Station is funded and managed by Amtrak and not the Town of Ashland. Due to the project’s impact to our downtown we will share progress information through this site as Town staff receives updates from Amtrak.
The purpose of this project is to make the train station’s platforms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The platforms along the passenger loading areas will be raised; however, a lift will still be required for wheelchair users to board the train. The lift will be mobile and will be stored in a new shelter on the west side of the platform that will be architecturally similar to the historic station. Additional lighting will also be added to the east side of the platform. Above is a rendering of the final improvements as seen from the south end of the platform facing north.
Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-October 2019 and completed by the fall of 2020. Construction will be performed in two phases: first the southern portion, then the northern portion. The Visitor Center inside the train station will continue to operate, and Amtrak’s trains will continue to serve Ashland during construction.
Parking in certain areas will be limited during the different phases of construction, so we encourage visitors to refer to our Parking Information webpage for the latest updates regarding parking: