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Metro-North’s Bar Cars Reach End Of The Line

An M-8 rail car on the Metro-North Railroad's  New Haven line (file/credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA)

An M-8 rail car on the Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line (file/credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s the last call for bar cars on Metro-North’s New Haven line.

As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, the last of the cars will make their final run on Friday.

Terry Cronin, chair of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, is a strong advocate of the effort to continue to bar car camaraderie and tradition.

“I’m hoping this is only a temporary mourning of them until we get the new cars, the M-8s, retrofitted to add some bar cars,” she told Schneidau. “It’s not about drinking, it’s about socializing with a bunch of people that you relax with going home on a long commute home and we would like to continue doing that.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy is also a proponent of keeping the cars. However, bar cars are unlikely to return anytime soon.

The M-2 railcar fleet will be completely phased out and replaced with the new M-8sAll the new M-8 cars will be in service on the New Haven line by the end of the year.

Cronin said it’s difficult to understand why the bar car is being phased out since it’s a big money-maker.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has contracted a rail engineering firm to design a bar car for review, Schneidau reported.

Metro-North rolled out the bar cars on the New Haven line in the 1970s.

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