Just as cell service is coming to New York's underground subway stops, Metro-North has announced that it is expanding its pilot "quiet car" program to include its Hudson and Harlem lines. Good news for commuters looking for a few minutes of peace, yes, but possibly bad news for "very well-educated" people!
The expanded program will kick off on Monday, October 17, on the last car of select peak-hour trains. According to Metro-North, unless you can keep them quiet you better not think about using cell phones, iPods, DVD players, laptops, and other electronic devices in those quiet cars. Further, passengers wearing headphones will have to keep the volume low enough so that others can't hear the sound. After all, quiet does not mean silent! Meanwhile, we wonder if the MTA will ever seriously consider bringing "conversation cars" or quiet cars to the subway. We wouldn't object!