"The contract awarded to Bombardier will allow for the stainless steel cars to become fully accessible. The interior layout of the cars was designed in compliance with modern accessibility standards and future requirements that are currently under development in order to provide a superior level of accessibility.
Each reconfigured car will be equipped with:
-two wheelchair lifts;
-two accessible spaces with anchoring devices;
-announcement display screens, including in the washrooms;
-an accessible washroom.
The work will also include the installation of Wi-Fi devices, improved interior design of the cars and mechanical upgrading of the heating system and various electrical components.
The program is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The 17 renovated cars will be deployed over VIA Rails long-haul routes"
Nice to see VIA is improving accessibility with the wheelchair lifts built right into the cars. I imagine the installation will be similar to those in the rebuilt 'Prestige' Park Cars where the lifts replaced the steps.