LIRR, Metro-North concessions go up

May 8, 2008 1:19:45 PM PDT
Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuters started paying more Thursday for the snacks and drinks they buy on the platform before boarding trains.The price of both snacks and drinks went up, generally about 25 percent.

For example, the price of a domestic beer on the LIRR is now $2.25. It's $2.50 on Metro-North. Imported beer prices increased by between 50 cents and $1, to the $3 range. Top-shelf liquor is up from $4.25 to $5.50, while house spirits jump from $4 to $5.25. A glass of wine increased from $3 to $3.50.

As for soda and water, the price went from $1.25 to $1.50 on both Metro-North and the LIRR. Peanuts went from 75 cents to $1.

The Long Island committee of the MTA Board voted a few weeks ago to raise the prices.

An LIRR spokesman says the railroad hasn't raised beer prices in four years. There has been no across-the-board price increases since 1996.

He says the price increase will help offset higher labor and product costs. He says the increase is also in line with prices charged at Penn Station.

The LIRR says the railroad grossed $2.5 million in sales from its concessions last year.