New Denver transit station under fire

view of train tracks and side of a train
Suit claims Denver Union Station does not meet ADA standards

The Colorado Cross Disability Coalition filed a lawsuit in federal court August 18, claiming that a recent renovation of the Denver Union Station violates Americans with Disabilities Act architectural standards.

At issue in the lawsuit is a new elevated area in the center of the station’s Grand Hall, which measures 12 inches high and 13 by 30 feet wide.

The elevated area is not connected to a ramp. Therefore, the only way to step onto the area is by walking up two steps, making it inaccessible to people with disabilities who use wheelchairs, motorized scooters and other mobility devices, or otherwise cannot climb steps, according to the lawsuit.

Under the ADA, certain public facilities, such as train stations, altered after January 26, 1992 must be “constructed in such a manner that the facility or part of the facility is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.”

The renovated station held its grand opening on July 26, the anniversary of the ADA.

“We have needed to bring lawsuits against RTD and Denver before to get them to comply with the law,” CCDC executive director Julie Reiskin told the Denver Post. “It stands to reason that they would want the new Union Station to be open and usable by everyone.”

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, names the City of Denver, the County of Denver, the Denver Union Station Project Authority, and the Regional Transportation District as defendants.