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Darien Police Weren’t Notified When 100s Let off Train at Noroton Hgts Station as Bag & Beeping Checked

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Update 6:21 p.m.: Darien police were not notified about the matter until about an hour after it had ended, a police spokesman said. Original article:

A suspicious bag and suspicious beeping on a morning train led to 250 passengers being let off the train unexpectedly at the Noroton Heights railroad station. The bag — originally reported as “an unattended package emitting sounds,” turned out to be garbage, and the beeping came from a harmless phone wedged in between a seat and a wall, causing its alarm to go off, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The 250 or so commuters who were evacuated at the station (not one of that train’s normal stops) were picked up by a train originating in Danbury, which arrived at Grand Central Terminal at about 8:18 a.m., not long after the original train was due at Grand Central (7:59 a.m.), the MTA said in a news release. An MTA Police canine unit identified the bag and beeping.

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Police: Wrong Station, Wrong Bicycle, Bad Timing for Man Straddling It

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At 3:29 a.m. one recent night, a 28-year-old man who was taking a train to a friend’s home in Stamford had gotten off at the wrong train station, but he found a bicycle there which seemed abandoned, so he was planning to ride it to his friend’s home.Bi

That’s what police say the man told them Sunday, Nov. 29 when they say they found him at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station, straddling a gold colored La Jolla brand bicycle on the north side of the tracks. The rear tire, however, was deflated. Police described the incident with this account (with accusations not proven in court):

The man said he had been drinking earlier at a family member’s house in Bridgeport. Police took both the man and the bicycle into custody.

Town Officials, Consultants Considering Improvements for Noroton Heights Station

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When it comes to making plans on how to improve the Noroton Heights Railroad Station, one of the highest-volume train stations in Connecticut and of enormous importance to many town residents, you could say there are a lot of moving parts. One illustration of that occurred within a recent eight-day period in town: On Sept. 23, state Department of Transportation officials held a public meeting in Town Hall to show the public their plans to replace two, 850-foot-long concrete boarding platforms on either side of the tracks at the station. Not to worry about this interfering with any plans for improvements at the station — we can replace other features of the station without disturbing the newly rebuilt platforms, they said. And eight days later, on Oct.


First Selectman’s Goal for Noroton Heights Station: New Building, Bridge

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Connecticut Department of Transporation officials have one immediate goal in mind for the Noroton Heights Railroad Station — Replacing the concrete platform to keep the station safe for commuters in years to come. When transportation officials visited the town to talk about that project, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson spoke with them with an additional goal in mind — to get support for replacing other parts of the station with improved structures. The DOT’s goal is immediate and, well, concrete: The concrete platforms have been crumbling — and apparently deteriorating faster than those of most stations on the New Haven Line. They also want to replace the roofed, three-sided shelter on the south side of the station with something larger if they can, and they’ll add some ramps compliant with the ADA — the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act — and replace some of the lamps and recycling bins. At a public meeting in Town Hall Wednesday, DOT officials explained their plans to replace the platforms in an $8 million-plus project that commuters will be walking and driving around from March 2016 through sometime “late in 2017.”

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All Noroton Heights Station Platforms to Be Replaced from March ’17 to Late ’18

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The concrete platforms at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station will be replaced between March 2017 and “late” 2018, Connecticut Department of Transportation officials said at a public meeting Wednesday in Town Hall. will have more coverage of this meeting concerning the desire of town officials and owners of two commercial tracts across Heights Road to improve the station and co-ordinate access to it. The platforms — what train riders stand and walk on just before and after they ride trains — can be seen to be crumbling (see photos attached to this article) and they’re in need of replacement, DOT officials said at the meeting. While they are being replaced in the state-financed project, other small changes will be made — new ramps will be added at the eastern end of the platforms, a short stretch of sidewalk will be added at the north side of the station just west of the station building, modern LED light will replace existing lights and guardrails compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act will replace the current guardrails. The shelter at the south side of the station will be replaced — and planners are hoping to replace it with a larger shelter.

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Public Meeting Wednesday on Improving Noroton Heights Railroad Station

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The state Department of Transportation will present its plans to replace all or part of the platform at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station at a public meeting tonight, but town officials have more ambitious plans for a bigger overhaul of the station. The “public informational meeting” as announced by the DOT takes place in Room 206 of Darien Town Hall. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., but people are encouraged to come by at 7 p.m. to see plans for the project. The public can discuss the matter, bring up concerns and have questions answered at the meeting. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson says the run-down station needs much more than just a replacement of the concrete and metal platform.

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US Sen Murphy Visits Noroton Heights Train Station, Supports Renovations

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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy visited Noroton Heights Railroad Station on Tuesday to learn about town officials’ hopes to replace much of it at about the same time that the Noroton Heights business district is rebuilt.


First Selectman Jayme Stevenson gave Murphy a brief tour of the north side of the station, accompanied by state Sen. Bob Duff and state Rep. Terri Wood. All said they’d like to see state and federal money used to help reconstruct the station. Stevenson said the town was willing to chip in if there was a partnership between other levels of government and some of the developers who want to replace much of the commercial district. Possible improvements

The plexiglas shelter at the station needs to be expanded or replaced with a structure that can hold many more commuters on cold winter mornings, Stevenson said. She told Murphy that a complete redesign “of the station building” would be a good idea.

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New Development in Scooter Thefts from Station & Another One Stolen

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Another motor scooter has been reported stolen in town, and Darien police say they have video surveillance of two people riding off after the thefts of two scooters at the Noroton Heights Railroad Station. Latest theft

In the most recently reported theft, a resident of Hollow Tree Ridge Road who lives near Wee Burn Country Club told police on Wednesday, July 29 that sometime between the previous Thursday and Sunday his 2013 Yamaha Zuma scooter was taken. It had been parked on the driveway outside the garage, and the owner remembered seeing it on Wednesday, July 22 or Thursday before leaving on a trip that day. He returned from the trip, then noticed the scooter missing on Tuesday, the day before he reported the theft to police. The vehicle is valued at $2,500.