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Metro-North Suspends Beer and Alcohol Carts at Grand Central Terminal

The out-of-service bar carts could lead to a dry holiday commute

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Bar carts were previously stationed at the front of passenger platforms.

Metro-North will no longer sell beer and alcohol on the platforms at Grand Central Terminal until further notice due to an investigation of missing funds.

As of Dec. 7, 18 commissary carts and two commissary counters are out of service, according to The Journal News.

The investigation was prompted when a vendor alerted the transit company to missing money from a November audit.

While the investigation continues, three Metro-North employees have been put on leave. No criminal charges have been filed.

Prior to the suspension, the question of whether to continue selling beer and alcohol on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road had already been raised.

According to The Journal News, Mitchell Pally, chairman of the board’s Long Island Rail Road committee, said at a November board meeting that the MTA should not sell alcohol in rail cars and at the terminal because of potential liability issues.


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