TEXT OF STORY
Steve Chiotakis: One of New York City’s main commuter railroads is buying new train cars. But they can’t link up with the nation’s 10 remaining so-called “bar cars” that have ridden those tracks for years. So stockbrokers ordering booze on the ride home may soon be a thing of the past. Jill Barshay reports.
Jill Barshay: Joanna Solano is mixing a vodka tonic. She tends bar on the Metro North line between New York City and Stamford, Conn. She says the people in the bar car are like a family.
Joanna Solano: Mostly stock, people from Wall Street, advertising, marketing. Hard day at work, stress at work, this is happy hour for them.
But the states of Connecticut and New York are calling last orders. Marjorie Anders from Metro North Railroad says the state legislatures didn’t fund enough regular cars for all the commuters.
Marjorie Anders: We have a lot of people who need a seat more than they need a bar car. So if we get enough cars out there so that we can satisfy our customers, then maybe we’ll have time to think about ordering some bar cars.
Anders says commuters will still be able order booze from Metro North’s concession stands on the platform and take the drink aboard.
In New York, I’m Jill Barshay for Marketplace.
We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.
Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.
In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.
Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.