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Talk Back: Drinking on the LIRR

Have you experienced out-of-control behavior on the Babylon line on late-night weekend trains?

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.

What do you think about the ban? Take the poll and comment below.

John May 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Paul, I agree the majority of commuters use a drink to wind down their day. The people pushing for a full ban on alcohol on trains are people that don't work in the city and don't have a 2 hour commute home every night!
Tom Gillen May 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I can't vote, there really isn't an asnwer that describes my thoughts on it. I do think it will be enforced, but I don't think it will curb the "rambunctious behavior." Look at it this way - the people on these trains have been out partying all night and are already tuned up. So they can't have a beer on the train ride home....big deal....they are still drunk when they get on that train home and will still act as such. I don't see this making a difference. Nor do I think it is a big deal in the first place.
Patrick Milligan May 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
The solution is to enforce a peak time surcharge on late weekend nights
Jane Lynn Davidson May 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Like most laws designed to control inappropriate behavior, those who follow the rules--the well-behaved passenger with a beer for the ride home, will be affected. As others have posted, the already inebriated will cause problems and probably not obey the new rule. Conductors are already reluctant to enforce quality of life issues, and I can't blame them for not wanting to have incidents posted in their files. As a daily commuter, I see gross behavior such as shoes on the seats, on the backs of seats, and people taking up more than a seat with their luggage. The conductors make announcements about such behavior, but it is never directed at riders face-to-face.
The Beast ! May 09, 2012 at 09:07 AM
I luv the LIRR but these kids have no respect and act like %$#&*@ animals late at night after drinking and continue to drink on the train. Lets just stand up and beat da @##$% Just saying

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