On May 12, 2014, the Metro-North's fleet of bar cars took their final ride on the New Haven line. For thousands of financial services hacks, the occasion was unremarkable. For the ones whose daily grind included a slog from Midtown back to Greenwich (or Darien or Larchmont) each night, it was like a death in the family. No longer would they be able to throw back between 1 and 6 drinks and fraternize before facing the family. Now, they would have to sip their tallboys while squeezed in between judge-y riders who would get bent out of shape if you spilled some of your third Bud Light on them when the train lurched forward. And oh, how dark the last couple years have been. But today brings joyous, light at the end of the tunnel-esque news: THE BAR CAR IS BACK, BABY!
Bar cars, phased out in 2014, will be making a return to the line, according to people familiar with the matter. The Connecticut state Department of Transportation has ordered 60 new train cars, and 10 of those will retrofitted to include a bar, one of these persons said. Connecticut officials plan to make the announcement later this week, this person said.