NJ Transit to launch 'Quiet Commute' program

The News Leader

July 14, 2010 12:27:11 PM PDT
Commuters on some New Jersey Transit trains will soon have a quiet refuge where they can escape fellow passengers' cell phone conversations and other annoying noise.

Starting Sept. 7, the agency will launch a 90-day "Quiet Commute" pilot program.

It will bar passengers from using their phones in the first and last cars of certain weekday express trains on the Northeast Corridor.

Riders in quiet cars also will be asked to speak in low tones and switch off the sound on laptops, pagers, games and other electronic devices.

The quiet cars will be on trains that operate between New York and Trenton, Hamilton and Princeton Junction. Those trains were selected for the pilot program due to their relatively long trip times and high ridership.