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LIRR Expands Quiet Car Program

A train is seen at the Long Island Rail Road station - Great Neck, NY - Jun 6, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

LIRR Station (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - If you’re looking for a relaxing commute on the Long Island Rail Road, finding it will soon get easier, WCBS 880 Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

Starting Monday, June 18, the LIRR’s Quiet Car pilot program will be expanded to include all peak single-level electric trains that operate to or from Penn Station and Atlantic Terminal during the rush hours.

The westernmost car on those designated trains is the Quiet Car. That means that during the AM peak, the first car is the Quiet Car and during the PM peak, the last car is the Quiet Car.

Customers traveling on quiet cars should:
– Not use cell phones.
– Disable sounds on all electronic devices.
– Speak in a subdued voice.
– Use headphones at a volume others cannot hear.

This is music to the ears of daily riders like Kevin McCourt.

“It’s nice to relax, especially in the morning,” he told Xirinachs. “You get up and you want to go back to sleep again, you know.”

The quiet car policy is generally self-enforced by passengers.

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