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.
Metro-North's Bar Cars Reach End Of The Line
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.
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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