2011-12-09 / Top Stories

LIRR Introduces ‘Quiet Cars’ On FR Run

By Howard Schwach

Talking quietly is allowed, but you’d better turn off your cell phone and any other electronic devices you have on your person if you want to ride the new Long Island Railroad “quiet cars.”

Starting this week, LIRR commuters can train their thoughts on peace and quiet in new cell phone-free cars. Select cars of some rush hour trains on the Far Rockaway Branch have been designated electronic-free zones as part of a pilot program, LIRR officials say.

That means no electronic devices or loud conversations in the rear car on four early morning peak trains and in the head car on six evening peak trains.

“As more and more electronic devices enter our lives – smart phones, cell phones, DVD and music players, tablets – many of our customers have asked for some relief from the noise they can create during their commute to and from work and other activities,” said LIRR President Helena Williams.

“This pilot is meant to respond to customers who seek quiet during their travels on the LIRR and is part of our overall effort to improve customer service.”

The four morning rush hour trains in the Quiet Car program are the 5:22 a.m., 6:28 a.m., 7:18 a.m. and 8:54 a.m. departures from Far Rockaway to Atlantic

Terminal.

The six evening rush hour trains are the 4:31 p.m., 5:11 p.m., 5:49 p.m., 6:27 p.m., 6:59 p.m. and the 7:56 p.m. departures from Atlantic Terminal to Far Rockaway.

Conductors will give “Shh” cards to passengers who do not comply with the rules but the program will be voluntary.

Announcements will remind customers of the location of the quiet carriages, asking them to refrain from using cell phones and other electronic devices and to keep the sound from headphones to a minimum.

Talking is allowed in the quiet cars, but conversations must be subdued.

Officials will seek feedback to decide whether to make the pilot program a permanent feature.

Similar quiet cars have already been introduced successfully on all peak hour N.J. Transit and Amtrak trains.

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