Last call this week for Metro-North bar cars

Bar cars on the New Haven line of the Metro North Railroad, the last in the nation, will be a thing of the past come Friday.

Four remaining “M-2” bar cars will have their last run on Friday as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority retires the cars to make room for the new “M-8” cars, according to Connecticut Department of Transportation spokesman Judd Everhart.

The bar cars, which are 40-years-old, cannot be coupled with the newer “M-8” cars. 60 “M-2” passenger cars remain and will be retired by the end of this year, said Everhart.

The MTA has not announced plans to replace the bar cars and there have been no designs for bar cars in the “M-8’s.”

Governor Malloy said he is looking into a plan to replace the bar cars, however there is no timetable as to when or how many.

The bar cars have a cult following including a twitter account which lists times and updates. A poll by Hearst Connecticut found 144 voters in favor of the bar cars versus 32 against them.

With their profitability down, in 2013 they brought in $357,000 compared to $491,000 in 2012, it may play a factor.

Metro North riders can still get their drink on from the bar carts stationed on the platforms and by bringing them on the train.

Come Friday bar cars will be a thing of the past, if and when they return.



Fausto Giovanny Pinto