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NJ Transit Expands ‘Quiet Commute’ Program

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — NJ Transit rail riders will soon have more options for a quite commute.

After a successful two-month pilot program, the agency is expanding the number of so-called “quiet cars” to all trains that go into Newark and New York Penn stations during peak hours.

Passengers on the first and last cars of those trains are asked to refrain from using cell phones and to disable the sound on computers and other electronic devices.

NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein says rider feedback on the program has been “overwhelmingly positive.”

The quiet car concept originated with Amtrak in 1999 and has spread to commuter rail operations on both coasts.

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    If everyone were raised with commen decency, respect and common sense, this would be a non-issue. The use of cell phones is totally overwhelming society, from schools, to work, to commuting, everywhere.
    I do not need to know what the guy next to me is having for dinner… Whatever happened to planning and direct communication in person?

  • Thomas S

    Here is a novel idea. How about you “corral” the loud and rude people to the first and last cars and give us quiet commuters the freedom to sit wherever we want in the rest of the train? In as much as I praise this program, why should we be inconvenienced for being civil?

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