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Long Island Rail Road Bans Alcohol On Overnight Weekend Trains Out Of Penn Station

Long Island Rail Road station - Hicksville, NY - Feb 28, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Long Island Rail Road station – Hicksville, NY – Feb 28, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - Beginning this weekend, the Long Island Rail Road is banning alcohol on overnight weekend trains out of Penn Station.

So what do riders think of the no-alcohol policy?

One rider told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall that drinking alcohol is simply what you do on the weekend overnight trains, but he added that the new ban is a good idea. However, he’s not sure that the initiative is necessarily practical.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reports


“It’s just what you do,” he said. “It’s just part of the ride. People get loud, but not rowdy or violent. You just put your headphones on a little higher and you deal with it.”

“I have friends that go into the city on weekends, and they say guys are sleeping where the luggage is,” another rider explained, “and getting a little out of control. So it’s probably a good idea.”

In an effort to curb attacks that have been increasing on train crew members over the past year, this weekend marks the first for the no-booze rule.

But naturally, not all agree that the pilot program is a good one.

“I think people should be able to do whatever they want,” a dissatisfied rider said. “If they want alcohol on the train, they should have alcohol on the train.”

Do you think that riders should be able to drink alcohol on weekend overnight trains? Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…