More riders got the silent treatment beginning Monday morning.
Now, all rush hour single-level trains to and from Penn Station and the Atlantic Terminal will have a car where loud conversations, phone calls and even loud earphones will be out of place.
The quiet cars program launched in December on the Far Rockaway branch. Earlier this year, it was expanded to the Long Beach, Hempstead and West Hempstead branches.
Metro-North is also experimenting with quiet cars, but not on this scale.
The Westernmost car on designated trains is the quiet car. That means that during the a.m. peak, the first car of the train is a quiet car. During the p.m. peak, the last car of the train is a quiet car.
The quiet car program is voluntary in nature. Conductors in designated cars will hand out special "shh" cards to customers who are non-compliant.
In the event of a service disruption or if a train is operating with a reduced number of cars, the LIRR will be unable to designate a quiet car. Bi-level trains are also not involved in this phase of the program.
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