Lawsuit: Renovated Union Station violates Americans with Disabilities Act

DENVER - Less than one month after opening, the renovated Union Station is at the center of a lawsuit.

The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition says the new design violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"Denver and RTD constructed a raised area that is open to the public inside the renovated Union Station that is completely inaccessible to patrons who use wheelchairs," the lawsuit claims.

“We do not understand why RTD or Denver would make such a mistake and intentionally exclude individuals who use wheelchairs from a large portion of the new Union Station project,” said Julie Reiskin, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The half-a-billion-dollar transit center opened July 26 and was four years in the making. It is expected to serve 15,000 passengers every day, increasing up to 200,000 passengers per day by 2030.

The new transportation hub is located just west of the old Union Station, which was built in the late 1800s.

The station is planning to connect downtown with the Denver International Airport by 2016, when the new East Rail Line is expected to be complete.

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