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Old 04-22-2010, 05:14 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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An Uncertain Future for the Metro-North Bar Car - NYTimes.com

That would be pretty sad if they didn't continue the Bar Car Its part of Railroad history and provides a stress free environment
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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An Uncertain Future for the Metro-North Bar Car - NYTimes.com

That would be pretty sad if they didn't continue the Bar Car Its part of Railroad history and provides a stress free environment
I wholeheartedly agree! Surviving that wretched train ride on those uncomfortable seats would be unbearable without alcohol. Hopefully the new seats will be more comfortable, at least.
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Old 04-22-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I wholeheartedly agree! Surviving that wretched train ride on those uncomfortable seats would be unbearable without alcohol. Hopefully the new seats will be more comfortable, at least.
You can bring your own alcohol.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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I won't miss it. And they should ban alcohol on the train too! I have seen way too many fights between the sober and the drunk on the Metro North NH line. Getting off in Fairfield one night, A guy who was drinking all the way used the restroom in the parking lot in front of everyone.

On a positive note, the new train seats will be much more comfortable. These have been in use on the Harlem line for a few years and they are far more tolerable.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I just came across an article on Westport.now by James Cameron who is the Chairman of the Connecticut Commuter's Council. Mr. Cameron basically said this article indicating that the bar car on Metro-North trains is being phased out is completely incorrect. The article in the New York times says that the existing cars will be junked and no new replacement cars will be added, neither of which is true. Mr. Cameron, a former journalist, joked that the reporter never let the facts get in the way of a good story. So much for journalist integrity. A link to his article is below. Jay

Talking Transportation: Bar Cars, The NYT and The Truth - WestportNow.com - Westport, Connecticut
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:54 PM
 
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You can bring your own alcohol.
Tugging along a bottle of wine while traveling is just not how I roll...
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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I won't miss it. And they should ban alcohol on the train too! I have seen way too many fights between the sober and the drunk on the Metro North NH line. Getting off in Fairfield one night, A guy who was drinking all the way used the restroom in the parking lot in front of everyone.

On a positive note, the new train seats will be much more comfortable. These have been in use on the Harlem line for a few years and they are far more tolerable.
As is often the case, the majority has to suffer because of a few outliers?

My vote would be to ban drunks from boarding the train and receiving service from the bar car vs. banning alcohol altogether

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Old 05-04-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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I just came across an article on Westport.now by James Cameron who is the Chairman of the Connecticut Commuter's Council. Mr. Cameron basically said this article indicating that the bar car on Metro-North trains is being phased out is completely incorrect. The article in the New York times says that the existing cars will be junked and no new replacement cars will be added, neither of which is true. Mr. Cameron, a former journalist, joked that the reporter never let the facts get in the way of a good story. So much for journalist integrity. A link to his article is below. Jay

Talking Transportation: Bar Cars, The NYT and The Truth - WestportNow.com - Westport, Connecticut
Thanks for sharing Jay. This is great news. Now I can sleep at night again, ha.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I heard they would be cafe cars , and not bar cars. They would be leased to a fast food place like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. But i also heard that they would still keep the alcohol.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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My vote would be to ban drunks from boarding the train and receiving service from the bar car vs. banning alcohol altogether
Who would ban them? By the time the conductor comes around the train is already moving. Would you support paying someone to stand at every platform to ensure everyone is sober? I'm not sure where that money would come from, or how they would enforce it.

Moreover this would encourage drunk driving. Bad idea.
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