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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rail Commuter Council Takes Issue With NYT Bar Car Story

By Jim Cameron

Special to WestportNow

(The following e-mail was sent to those on the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council e-mail list.)

Fellow commuters…

“Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

This old newsroom mantra apparently was the rule when The New York Times Tuesday ignored the facts and presented the headline “One for the Road? Bar Cars May Face a Last Call”

Though three members of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council worked with reporter Michael Grynbaum to get the story right, he ignored the facts in favor of a sexier story.

The reporter implied that when the new M8 cars arrive, the eight existing bar cars would be replaced. Not so!  The eight bar cars we have all have undergone recent rehab’s and can run for 10 - 15 more years.

He also implied that “the recession” might force a rethinking of plans to order new bar cars.

The Commuter Council, meeting Wednesday night, was reassured by both Metro-North and CT DOT that there are no plans to eliminate bar cars on Connecticut trains.

CDOT also told the council they would share design concepts with us for new M8 bar cars, currently under bid from Kawasaki.

The issue of continued if not improved bar car service has been a priority of the Commuter Council for the 25 years of its existence. We will continue that advocacy—and seek a correction from the NY Times for its sloppy reporting.

“Cheers!”

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Posted 04/22/10 at 08:14 PM  Permalink



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