Metro-North May Get New Cars, More Bar Cars

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A Metro-North train is seen in Stamford, CT - Aug 28, 2009 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

A Metro-North train is seen in Stamford, CT (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Officials from the Nutmeg State expect to gain approval for more than $226 million to buy 80 additional commuter rail cars for Metro-North’s New Haven Line.

Jim Cameron of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council says, with the original 300 rail cars currently being tested, the new fleet will allow enough seats for all paying passengers.
“Some of those cars may actually be converted to bar cars, which, for people who are on the train for an hour and a half in each direction each way, will be a much-welcome amenity.”

A spokesman for Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell says the trains should be in service by late fall of this year.

Monica Miller reporting for WCBS Newsradio 880

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