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LIRR to prohibit alcohol on weekends


Starting today, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) will ban alcoholic beverages on overnight weekend trains and station platforms.

The new rule states that the beverages — including those that are open or in closed containers — are not allowed on all trains and stations between midnight and 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, LIRR officials said in a prepared statement.

The alcohol ban is part of an effort to maintain “orderly travel” on the railroad, they said.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority police will have an increased presence at Penn Station and throughout the LIRR system to enforce the ban, railroad officials said.

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