The Bar Car of the Future


The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council has taken it upon itself to design the bar car of the future, and wants you to offer your input.

Here’s the design the advocacy group came up with, and the questionnaire that accompanies it.

You’ll recall that the Metro-North bar car may or may not go the way of the Suzuki Samurai when the railroad phases out the old cars on its New Haven Line later this year for the new M8s.

It’s noteworthy that the Commuter Council seems to have retired the phrase “bar car” for the more fey “cafe car.”

“Bar cars are an important part of many commuters’ lives,” says Commuter Council Vice Chair Terri Cronin of Norwalk.  “We want to be sure that, as [Connecticut Department of Transportation] moves forward seeking bids on new M8 bar cars, they do so with riders’ input.”

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