New Huntington LIRR elevator to take 4 months

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HUNTINGTON -

An elevator at the Long Island Rail Road station in Huntington is being replaced, and a special service is being put into place to make sure disabled riders can get to where they need to go.

Starting next Tuesday, the station's south parking garage elevator will be taken out of service and later replaced with a new one. Town of Huntington officials say replacing the 30-year-old elevator will take four months to complete.

Balazs Tezso, 71, says the interim will be a hardship for him. The Northport resident had a knee replacement, uses a cane and relies on the elevator to get to and from the train and his car.

"Both my knees are out of order, and I'm not the only one over here," Tezso says. "It's going to be terrible."

The elevator closure comes as the LIRR begins its "Summer of Hell," with trains being canceled or rerouted during infrastructure repairs at Penn Station.

Town officials say the repairs are necessary, calling it a safety issue.

To ease the hardships for commuters with disabilities, the town has added new handicapped parking spaces in the garage with easy access to the ramps. There will also be public safety vehicles at the station during peak hours to help transport people with disabilities from one side of the tracks to the other.

Commuters say they hope the repairs will be done as quickly as possible.

"Hopefully it gets done fast and...people get to where they need to go safely," says Nancy Dionisiou, of Babylon.

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