Hartford Line rail commuters got some relief Monday after the Federal Railroad Administration reversed its mandate to close the restrooms on the trains.
The FRA had ordered the bathrooms closed in June after receiving an American with Disabilities Act complaint that the bathrooms on the CTrail cars were not handicapped-accessible.
The state Department of Transportation installed portable toilets at stations in Meriden, Berlin and Wallingford, while the restrooms on the trains are being modified to accommodate disabled customers. Amtrak trains have ADA-compliant restrooms.
The reversal stems from an additional complaint, also filed in June, that the bathroom closure violated the rights of individuals with certain disabilities, such as Crohn’s disease, which makes traveling on the Hartford Line an impossible option.
“Fully ADA accessible, portable restrooms that CTDOT installed at the Hartford Line stations in Berlin, Meriden, Wallingford, Windsor, and Windsor Locks will remain available while the ADA modifications to the rest-rooms on the trains continue to be made,” according to a DOT statement. “It is anticipated that the first restroom conversion will be completed in December, with the three remaining conversions to be completed by mid-2019.”