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NJ Transit Bans Drinking On Concert Trains

NJ Transit is banning all beverages on North Jersey Coast Line trains when concerts are held at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

NJ Transit's Matawan station
NJ Transit’s Matawan station (YouTube)

Violators will face arrest, a $1,000 fine and get kicked off the train. The ban includes all beverages including cans of soda, water and cups of coffee.

“Unfortunately, we banned all beverages for specific concerts we know will be problematic and for the time that people are traveling to and from them,” Trucillo told the Press. “One thing we found out is that people are very innovative. They will put alcoholic beverages in Gatorade bottles and in Poland Spring water bottles.”

The chief says police will use discretion when it comes to commuters who bring coffee and water on board.

The trains stop in Matawan, where shuttle buses run to the arts center.

NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo says the ban mirrors a policy put into effect toward the end of the 2012 concert season.

Trucillo tells the Asbury Park Press it was a dangerous situation with people being intoxicated and a number had to be treated for alcohol poisoning.

The beverage ban starts Friday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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