Metro North Officials Seem To Be Having Trouble Grasping The Concept Of The Bar Car

Gather round Team CT Commute and those who care about their plight. We’ve got good news and bad news to discuss. First, the good. A few years back, your right to the one thing that makes the lives of people slogging back to CT each day after what was probably a miserable twelve hours on the job worth living was threatened. Obviously I’m talking about the right to get smashed on the ride home. They wanted to take that way from you, and they tried, hard. Unfortunately they didn’t anticipate just how important Happy Hour on Wheels is to your existence, or that the proposed ban would awaken a fire no one saw coming. You fought back and you won. And all was good in the world, for a while. Then, a few months ago, it happened again. Citing the “recession,” officials said that new trains might not include a place to booze it up, claiming more seats are a bigger priority than the bar car. It was like they were trying to suck out our wills to live. Things have been tense to say the least since then, operating in a state of uncertainty, not knowing if today would be the last day you’d get to mix it up with your fellow financial services hacks while chugging a Tall Boy. This morning though, news came over the wire that should offer some relief:

It looks like the party will keep on rolling on the Metro-North Railroad’s Connecticut trains, as officials are moving forward with plans to replace out-of-date bar cars with new ones.

Having said that, the bad news is that whoever is in charge of designing these things apparently has never ridden a bar car, or he/she would understand there are some serious design flaws to the plans. Currently, the set up of the old cars facilitates situations like this:

With the new cars, there’ll be none of that. And that’s a problem.

Bar-car regulars…are worried, though, about the proposed design. It includes three rows of seats, four banquette-style tables and three round tables in the middle of the car. That will leave far less standing space than on the current set of cars. “We want to stand around and talk, and not be sitting in tiny little groups of four,” said Terri Cronin, the vice chair of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, which has been surveying passengers about the new designs.

“It’s like a big group party,” Ms. Cronin said. “You end up talking to all these people you never would have talked to if you were sitting in all these little social pods everywhere.”

Ms. Cronin and other passengers say they don’t want to get stuck in small groups at tables. They’d rather mingle. Ms. Cronin said that’s how she’s met business contacts and made good friends in the bar car.

CT, this is serious. Don’t take Ms. Cronin’s “business contacts” away from her. Fight this one hard.

Metro North Bar Cars On Track To Keep Rolling [WSJ]

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51 Responses to “Metro North Officials Seem To Be Having Trouble Grasping The Concept Of The Bar Car”

  1. b2bMD says:

    “so just pull my finger, no really, just give it a little tug”

  2. Anonymous says:

    and she said “No, but that’s a really nice ski mask”

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice. “Business contacts”. Made my sad, long day.

  5. Charlie's intern says:

    A stripper pole should be installed…officially just so people can hold onto something if the trains slows suddenly.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “Bar Car” is also Ken Lewis’ vanity plate.

  7. anonymous says:


  8. anonymous says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    @3, which picture?

    – Bullmoose connoisseur hoping you pick the wrong one so you have to drink

  10. Anonymous says:

    If I had to live in CT I’d want to be drunk all the time too.

  11. what about the LIRR... says:

    The LIRR needs a bar car – desperately…why isn’t someone on top of this?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I would settle for some fucking air conditioning and cars that don’t smell like a vagrant spent the night crying himself to sleep while soiling himself.

    That being said, the bar car is a necessity on CT bound trains.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Umm the LIRR does have a bar car, or at least the 6:33pm Babylon train does.

  14. Anonymous says:

    @9 the pic with the corningstone and finger points, what is this amateur hour?


  15. Anonymous says:

    metro north to westchester has single-malt scotch and cuban cigar bar cars. we are so much richer than all you

  16. CoveredLong says:

    @15 – …and they used sheets of fresh $100s to cover the seats instead of that cheap pleather.

    …and you can’t pay for tickets with shares of C.

  17. TheBoonies says:

    As a veteran of the CT bar car, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Ms. Cronin. In addition to being a tireless advocate for Connecticut commuters and a staunch defender of the bar car, she never, ever, wears a bra.

  18. Anonymous says:

    All I want to do is down four fingers of scotch before I get home and have to listen to my wife bitch that I don’t work for a hedge fund

    CT Salaryman

  19. Anonymous says:

    If I had to live in CT, I would want to drink too

  20. NakedShort says:

    Hi, this is Nikki leave a message.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Is that the “dr.” from that rehab show chugging the bud?

  22. Hey Wong Foo Shirt Laundry says:

    Where can I buy a stripe shirt like that? How much do you think he pays to get his shirts done?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Think you get a free bowl of soup with the shirt

  24. Anonymous says:

    Caption Contest “Sure, I may have a slight weight problem now, but I’ve started drinking Michelob Ultra and should be back to 220lb any day”

  25. Anonymous says:

    Vegas has the over/under at 3 on the TOTAL number of women these jerkwads have penetrated

  26. Anonymous says:

    @25 shouldn’t you be on the Staten Island ferry already?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I’m in for the under
    Veronica Corningstone

  28. Anonymous says:


    Touche. well played. probably a 70% chance your one of my friends. Tim Shaw is that you?


  29. Anonymous says:

    what about in Soviet Russia?

  30. Louis Winthorpe III says:

    “And then he stepped… on the ball! Ha ha!”

  31. Yo Me says:

    I remember back in your intern days, JC made you take a field trip in the metro north to Greenwich.
    we all remember your nailpolish and MOT who wouldn’t give you a seat.
    How about another trip up?

  32. Bess Levin says:

    @31 I come on the reg.

  33. @29 moose bull you?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Story in the picture:

    Striped shirt guy gooses blue shirt guy.
    Blue shirt is receptive and tries to get girl for devil’s threeway.
    Girl is hesitant but intrigued.

    That’s how they roll in the CT.

  35. Anonymous says:

    @32 Bess, you are setting yourself up with that reply…..

  36. Balls Deep says:

    Would you say your bird in hand is worth two in the bush?

  37. Anonymous says:

    @9, 28

    maybe we know each other, i’ll be at the drift on saturday, when you get there, punch every bouncer in the face so i know that it’s you.

  38. PermaGuest says:

    Got to love the subtle ambience and decor on the MNRR bar cars– I mean nothing makes a chick look hot like glaring flourescent lights, bright orange walls and wierd line drawings of thousand-year-old railway equipment.

  39. Anonymous says:


    Yea, your staying at my house. Im hoping to make the 5:09 but probably will be on the 5:51. Come to my building and sit by the fountain until I’m done at work. Then we can take the subway to penn together. However I will be wearing my headphones listening to “Club Can’t Handle Me Right Now” to get ready for Casey’s tonight, so we will not be speaking. You have to buy me two tall boys (like the one Christopher Shays is face chugging in the top picture) for the train ride as payment for the weekend. Also if I see you making out with anyone tonight I will dump beers on your head

  40. Anonymous says:

    btw 39 was from me, 9 and 28

  41. Anonymous says:

    @ 9, 28, 39 & 40. you’re definitely a jets fan. why dont you and 3, 14 sack up and settle this with an ol’ fashion game of tummy sticks.

  42. Anonymous says:

    @9, 28, 39, 40

    i’ll be running gassers outside your apartment in my work clothes until you get there. i will also be listening to “pursuit of happiness” steve aoki remix to prepare for caseys tonight. you owe me a carton of cigs and a 6 pack of red dog tall boys for coming.

    -3, 14, 37

  43. Bike says:

    I can’t believe all the fun I’ve been missing driving to work. The commute has been boring ever since they criminalized DWI

  44. Anonymous says:

    @42, 3,14,37

    Do not go to my apartment. I’m not going home I’m going straight to penn. Meet me at Penn or my office.

    @41, consider it done.


  45. Anonymous says:

    @38 you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen the ones where they stapled cheap tiki wallpaper over everything. Classy like you wouldn’t believe

  46. theMadArab says:

    The fat chap in the middle looks like a bestbuy salesman and the gentleman on the right clearly shops for clothes at target or walmart (or perhaps at bestbuy, hence the friendship). I’ve just used this picture to fine tune the contrast on my tv.

    Is that Barbara Streisand on the left or just Iggy Pop under an astute disguise?

  47. Anonymous says:

    In Soviet Russia, bar car rides in you

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