Quiet Cars Make Debut On Metro-North Railroad

HARTSDALE, NY (WCBS 880) – If tranquility on the train is what you seek – an escape from inconsiderate cell phone shouters and blabbing, blathering bozos – Metro-North hears you loud and clear.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams Hits The Rails

They introduced quiet cars on the Hudson and Harlem Line during this morning’s rush hour and they will be in effect during the afternoon rush.

“When you’re on the 4:58, and you get home at 7:30 at night, you want the quiet car,” said one commuter.

“I wish they would do that to all the cars. You had a hard day, or you’re up very early in the morning and you just want to collect yourself, and it’s a good place to probably be,” said another.

A “Q” on the timetable will indicate a train with a quiet car, which will be the last one on trains going in for the morning commute, the first car for the trip home.

LINK: Check The Timetables

Approximately 31 trains that operate between Grand Central and Poughkeepsie, Beacon, and Wassaic will have designated quiet cars.

According to the MTA, customers traveling on quiet cars should:
– Not use cell phones.
– Disable sound features on computers & other electronic devices.
– Conduct conversations in a subdued voice.
– Use headphones at a volume that cannot be heard by fellow passengers.

Do you like the idea of quiet cars? Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • Jerry Graziano

    NJ Transit has had them for quite some time now and they are great! The last thing I want to hear while commuting is 1/2 of someone’s cellphone conversation!

  • aikoaiko3

    I LOVE the quiet cars on the Acelas. It doesn’t mean strict silence… just very hushed conversations, no cell phone use, no loud headphones. It’s fantastic. I swear, some people on the subway must wear headphones that only face outward.

  • Benoit

    Quiet cars are the way to go…They had them in Paris over 40 years ago.

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