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Closing Time: LIRR Begins Booze Ban This Weekend

Friday, May 18, 2012

LIRR commuters arrive at Penn Station early Wednesday morning (Jim O'Grady)

Drown your sorrows while your can: The LIRR is banning alcohol on overnight weekend trains leaving from Penn Station beginning this weekend.

Trains leaving Penn Station between midnight and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday will be booze-free.

In April, WNYC reported the pilot program is an attempt to reign in rowdy behavior.

Spokesman Sam Zambuto said it's an attempt to cut down on "rambunctious" behavior on trains that can lead to disputes, or, in some cases, criminal behavior. He mentioned some cases where conductors were assaulted by intoxicated passengers.

The ban will go into effect the week of May 14, when new timetables are set to take effect as well.

Read more here.

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