photobug56 wrote: ↑Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:49 am
With ADA, high and low level platforms, and the need to maximize space, it's a complex problem. Only comparison I can think of - LIRR C3 bilevels, high level platform only, each end of the car has 'ADA' seating and may have a 'portable cesspool' room. All other passengers go UP or DOWN to one of the 2 levels.
Well... for commuters, you can high-block ("mid-level") and have the wheelchair-bound on the ends (even with a Bombardier Multilevel). For LD service, you can get away with keeping them in the sleeper (and I think some coach has areas in the lower sections) while delivering food to them. But for my purposes, I couldn't really do that when it was highly likely for them to move about, get to know some of the writers/artists/musicians, and be creative... plus my original design had a lot of stairs.
The point, however, is that it's *possible* to design a Superliner-sized bi-level LD set where wheelchair-bound folk can move about, and still have multi-level boarding.
Now if the NTSB pushes for it, that's a different story.