LIRR to Ban Alcohol on Weekend Trains
Effort to curb disorderly passengers to begin in less then a month.
Starting next month, the Long Island Rail Road will ban alcohol on overnight weekend trains out of Penn Station.
The pilot program is an effort to curb disorderly passengers and attacks on train crew members. It will begin on May 18.
It will affect all trains out of Penn Station between midnight and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
LIRR President Helena Williams said alcohol `continues to fuel some of the rambunctious behavior we've been getting, all the way up to criminal behavior."
Officials say attacks on LIRR train crews have been on the rise. Six attacks were reported last year, the highest in at least five years.