Darien Train Station elevator repairs in progress, one back in service

The elevator above on the northbound side of the Darien Train Station is now back in service. The south side remains unusable. — Susan Shultz photo

After a complaint from commuter about the long-time elevator problems at the Darien Train Station, The Darien Times looked into the status. One of the elevators — the northbound side —  is now back in service.

Inquiries to the MTA and then the state’s Department of Transportation led back to the town’s Public Works Department.

According to Ed Gentile, the director of Public Works, “both elevators have been out of service for quite some time due to corrosion of many of the mechanical parts.”

Gentile confirmed the northbound elevator is now back in service.

“The southbound elevator is waiting for a part which failed after it was returned to service a month ago,” Gentile said.

According to Judd Everhart, director of communications for the state Department of Transportation, the DOT leases the station to the town and the town maintains it, including the elevators.

“The town has contracted with the company that manufactured the elevators, Kone Inc., (an international company that has an office in Milford) to repair them using money from station parking revenues,” Everhart said in an email to The Darien Times.

Gentile said the town has now spent with KONE over $170,000 on the elevators.