Metro-North ‘Bar Cars’ Could Become Thing of the Past


The Metro-North Railroad line that runs from Grand Central Terminal to Connecticut is undergoing an overhaul that could mean the end of one of commuters’ most cherished havens: the bar car. Because of limited funds, railroad officials have said they cannot promise that the new fleet of trains (which will replace the “1970s-era models”) will feature bar cars, wood-paneled cars where commuters can purchase alcohol. They have already been fully phased out on the Long Island Rail Road and on many Metro-North trains to Westchester County, but that precedent is unlikely to mean much to dismayed Connecticut commuters: “The commute is so bad as it is,” financial worker Paul Hornung told the Times. “This is the one thing you can look forward to.”

One for the Road? Bar Cars May Face a Last Call [NYT]