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Friday, June 29, 2007

MTA Board Listens to Statistics, Decides to Keep Bar Carts Open

Commuters on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will continue to be able to buy a drink on trains in the metropolitan New York area after a Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board vote this week.

The MTA Board voted against an attempt to ban alcohol from trains and platforms. An anti-alcohol Board member had made the proposal saying that the MTA should not be encouraging people to drink and drive. A committee appointed to study the issue found no correlation between the MTA's alcohol sales and drunken driving arrests at train stations.

Riders opposed the ban and MTA Police found only four DWI arrests on MTA property in the last five years.

The MTA sold $2.37 million on the Long Island Rail Road and $5.12 million on Metro-North last year.

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