LIRR riders who need elevators tired of unreliable service at Huntington station
The LIRR riders who need elevators at train stations are tired of unreliable service and are pushing for the town of Huntington to make improvements.
The town says the north elevator at the Huntington station will be out of service 'for the foreseeable future."
People who rely on this elevator told News 12 that the unclear timeline is troubling.
Maria Nielsen says walking upstairs can sometimes be difficult for her, so not having reliable elevators to get to her train platform at Huntington Station is a problem.
"It takes me a while and it's painful,” she says. “We've had issues with both elevators for years."
The spokesperson for the town told News 12 in a statement, “The town of Huntington has been making repairs to the elevator at the North Parking Garage at the Huntington LIRR Station for several years. Due to safety concerns, this administration has decided to replace the elevator. The contract for the replacement of the elevator is out to bid and the Town expects proposals to be submitted shortly. The full replacement is expected to be completed in approximately 6-8 months. The Town understands the needs of the disabled community and have put transportation options in place to assist those in need to move from track to track.”
Nielsen says, “We pay a lot of money for the train tickets, we pay high taxes...we're not getting the service that we are paying for.”
In the meantime, the town of Huntington is providing free shuttle service for riders who need to get from one side of the tracks to the other. The shuttle is only available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and riders must request it.
Nielsen says these requirements only add to her frustration.
"No one who works in the city at a full time job is home by 5 p.m.,” she says.
If you do need to use the free shuttle service, according to the town, it will be available until the elevator is back in service.