Jan
09

Need Some Quiet? Take the Train

January 09, 2011

Two scenarios:

1. You wake up, get dressed, leave your Chicagoland home, rush to catch the Rock Island train, then spend the ride catching up on some overdue phone calls on your cell phone.

Or

2. You wake up, get dressed, leave your Chicagoland home, rush to catch the Rock Island train, then spend the ride catching up on someone else’s phone calls because they are talking so loudly on their cell phone.

Whether you are No. 1 or No. 2, this week you’ll have the chance to find or avoid a “quiet car” on one of Chicago’s Metra commuter train.

Quiet Car sign

This is the sign that will be posted on designated Rock Island Line quiet cars starting this week.

Starting Monday, January 10, Metra will begin a three-month test of quiet cars on its Rock Island Line, which runs from Joliet to downtown Chicago.

In the quiet cars, no cell phone calls are allowed. If a passenger in one of these cars gets a call, that person must move to a vestibule or another car.

Or, the passenger can answer the call and make it brief, but chances are that will come with evil stares from other quiet-car passengers.

And the quiet doesn’t stop with phones. If you are going to use any electronic device that emits sound, such as an iPod, you must use headphones while sitting in a quiet car and make sure the music can’t be heard by other riders from your headphones.

Sounds peaceful.

If the three-month period turns out to be successful, quiet cars will be added to other lines.

The tests will be conducted on the first and last cars of morning inbound and evening outbound rush-hour Rock trains:

*Inbound: Between 6 and 9 a.m.

*Outbound: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the quiet cars, visit metrarail.com.

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