MTA Running ‘Alcohol Trains’ During Storm. No, It’s Not What You Think. - NBC New York

MTA Running ‘Alcohol Trains’ During Storm. No, It’s Not What You Think.

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    Forecast for Wednesday, March 21

    Storm Team 4's Chris Cimino has your forecast for Wednesday, March 21. (Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018)

    At a press conference during Wednesday’s nor’easter, the fourth to slam the region this month, officials announced the MTA would be running “alcohol trains” on the Long Island Rail Road during the storm. Naturally, everyone’s ears perked up.

    Could it be? Booze to help ease the painful commute? Not quite.

    As it turns out, “alcohol trains” are used as a “deicing mechanism,” according to Gov. Cuomo.

    The train sprays an alcohol substance to, well, get rid of ice. 

    “It doesn’t mean we’re serving alcohol on those trains,” Cuomo joked. “Otherwise, we’d have an abundance of people.”

    Wednesday’s nor’easter is expected to cripple travel on the East Coast once again. Stay up to date on the latest transit updates with our storm travel guide.

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