My understanding is that the trains are compliant as they exist. Monorails are part of separate section that mostly references intercity rail cars for its standards but in terms of platform coordination says this: “ The design of cars shall be coordinated with the boarding platform design such that the horizontal gap between a car door at rest and the platform shall be no greater than 3 inches and the height of the car floor shall be within plus or minus 5/8 inch of the platform height under all normal passenger load conditions. Vertical alignment may be accomplished by car air suspension or other suitable means of meeting the requirement.” (1192.175).
My guess is the portable ramps suffice as “other suitable means.” Most of the standards are built around individual cars, not entire trains, and we didn’t see changes made for Monorail Peach which has either new or substantially rebuilt nose cars (I don’t recall which).
The main standards for intercity rail cars also have exceptions for new and rebuilt cars operating at existing stations. My understanding is that the only issue on the trains preventing level loading is the doors but they could be changed to a different design that didn’t drop down. The far bigger issue would be rebuilding the platforms. Just raising the platforms would require rebuilding the exist stairs and ramps at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Trying to ramp up to the trains would require very precise work to meet slope and cross slope requirements. That’s a lot of work which is why the various ADA design guidelines have a variety of exceptions for existing conditions.
That sounds right to me. I’m not sure about the ADA but UK law is similar. You can provide wheelchair access by either physically altering things (platform and train floor height) to provide a permanent solution or you can use a ramp. Both have pros and cons. Ramps are cheaper but require staff to deploy and allow different height trains to use the same platforms. They also take time to use so can upset services on metros by delaying train departure. Physical solutions are more expensive but allow less able people to travel without assistance. They tend to be more expensive and disruptive to install
I think ramps would be an OK solution in WDW if wheelchair users use a designated car staff can be ready at the exit station to keep things moving smoothly.
Couldnt Disney do this is Florida? Rebuild the trains on the existing chassis so they are as ‘new’ as the ones in DisneylandThe Mark VIIs were not brand new. Look at the body, except the nose, and you will see that they are the same ones from the Mark V. One Mark V was scrapped but they were taken off one at a time to be rebuilt.