- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Santa is expected to be sober on Metro-North Railroad.

The commuter rail line said Wednesday that alcohol will not be permitted on trains and stations this weekend as holiday revelers dressed as Santa Claus travel to SantaCon events.

SantaCon is an annual gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes, visiting bars and restaurants.

Alcohol will not be permitted on Metro-North trains and stations from 9 a.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. Metro-North says MTA police at Grand Central Terminal and other stations and trains will enforce the ban.

The police will confiscate alcohol and issue summonses with fines of up to $50, up to 30 days in jail or both.

Alcohol is generally allowed on Metro-North, but it occasionally bans liquor during special events.

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