Lawsuit claims revamped Union Station violates Americans With Disabilities Act

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DENVER -- Union Station is facing a lawsuit just weeks after it celebrated its grand opening.

A local advocacy group along with two individual plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the city, county and the Regional Transportation District. In the lawsuit, the group claims some parts of the new Union Station are not welcoming to people with disabilities.

After years of planning and work, Union Station opened its doors for business on July 26. The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition says the revamped Union Station is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Specifically, in the Great Hall, where there is a raised area with seating and shuffleboards, the group claims it is only accessible by two steps, making it essentially off-limits to people in wheelchairs and scooters.

Union Station had installed a small sign saying individuals with disabilities need to ask an employee for a portable ramp to access the area. The lawsuit says by relying on a temporary, portable ramp, Union Station is discriminating against people with disabilities.

The lawsuit asks for Union Station to comply with the ADA and pay for attorney fees.

City leaders have not responded to the lawsuit. An RTD spokeswoman told The Denver Post the agency has not reviewed the allegations but is "disappointed the group did not choose first to notify RTD of their concerns."

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