STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Bar cars on Metro-North trains could be a thing of the past when the transit agency rolls out new rail cars.
As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, bar cars are steeped in nostalgia, summoning images of the days before Prohibition.
They have a devoted following on the New Haven line, which is the last commuter rail in the country to offer cocktails in a special car.
As the New Haven line phases out old trains for the new M-8s, there’s fear this will be the end of the line for bar cars.
“When we moved to town, I got to know a lot of people within them. I live in New Canaan but I know a bunch of people around,” said one bar car regular.
“Definitely more of a social car than the other cars. I think they should add a bar car, it’s definitely a different demographic and you don’t want to see the people that working in the current bar cars lose their jobs either,” said another regular.
Connecticut’s Department of Transportation commissioner said the bar cars will continue, according to the Stamford Advocate.
But there’s currently no money allocated and no design plan to include them on the M-8s, Adams reported.
All the new M-8 cars will be in service on the New Haven line by the end of the year.
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