LIRR Bans Late-Night Drinking on Weekend Trains [POLL]

MTA announces pilot program in attempt to curb "rambunctious behavior" on LIRR.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently announced that they are starting a pilot program that will ban the consumption of alcohol on overnight weekend trains on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) out of Penn Station.

The ban is an attempt to curb what has been referred to as "rambunctious behavior" by the MTA.

The affected trains – commonly known as "drunk trains" – are those that run between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The ban begins May 14.

"There is rambunctious behavior on these weekend overnight trains, and this is an effort to curb that and set a better tone on those trains," MTA spokesman Sam Zambuto told The Daily News.

According to the New York Times, in March, passengers were accused of attacking two conductors.

There are numerous YouTube videos that have been posted involving loud behavior, often ending in violent fights on eastbound trains to Long Island. [Warning: Viewer discretion is advised. Videos contain graphic content].

Frank April 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Lynne Murray April 25, 2012 at 02:54 PM
i think this is a good idea. Whenever i have gone on the LIRR on weekends, the trains are absolutely disgusting due to people spilling their drinks all over the floors, and shouting.
B Smart April 25, 2012 at 05:02 PM
There should not be drinking at any time on the railroad. Most of these people will be driving when they get off the train.
Malone April 26, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Wheres the answer in the poll that says "this ban is pointless and will do nothing because from 12am to 5am is when everyone is smashed and it doesn't matter"


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