Metro North Expanding 'Quiet Car' Program
Metro North Expanding 'Quiet Car' Program Nathan, flickr
New York's Metro-North Railroad says its experiment with "quiet cars" is so popular that the program will be expanded to all rush-hour trains next month.
The railroad says the last car on all morning trains and the first car on all evening trains will be designated as quiet cars.
That means cellphones, music players and other electronic devices will be prohibited unless they can be operated quietly. Headphones will have to be at a volume that cannot be heard by others. Conversation must be subdued.
Quiet cars started as a pilot program last fall. Metro-North says riders who were surveyed overwhelmingly support the program.
The program is voluntary but conductors will issue "Shh!" cards to customers who are too loud.
Metro-North serves the suburbs north of New York City