LIRR Tries Out Quiet Cars [POLL]

Pilot program to include select rush hour trains on the Long Beach branch.

The MTA expanded its Quiet Car pilot program last week to include the Long Beach branch.

The program is an effort to accommodate customers seeking a quiet environment during their commute that is "free of cell-phone conversations, sounds from other electronic devices and loud conversations," according to the MTA website.

On the Long Beach, Hempstead and West Hempstead branches, the expanded pilot will provide for quiet cars on rush hour trains to and from Atlantic Terminal only.

The westernmost car on the train is the quiet car. While the program is voluntary with customers self-enforcing, conductors in designated quiet cars will hand out special "Shh" cards to customers who are non-compliant. Announcements, however, will still be made in these cars.

The LIRR stated it will continue to gauge customer reaction to the pilot program and decide whether to expand it further.

Thomas T April 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
So there you are on the 5:20 to Long Beach, after a long day, hoping to get caught up on some reading or maybe a quick catnap. And it begins: "Hoi, Jordan, it's me, AmAY! Didja get ya hoi-loights done at Joseph Christ-a-FUH? Oi got an ingrown toenail aftuh moi last pedacyuah there. Yeah, I'm pickin' it now. On the trai-yun, silly, where else would I do that?" That's The Princess, starting the show. Then The Mogul starts. He's got dandruff and a shiny suit on, but you can't tell him he's not Gordon Gekko. "Yeah, Vinnie, I screwed those guys outta eighty grand on that condo deal. Wait'll they find the rats in the drop ceiling. HAWHAWHAW! Gonna take my girl ta Vegas with the cash. We stay at the Bellagio and it costs like nothin'. I'm a high rollah!" Next we have The Gaggle, teens who cut afternoon classes to buy pot and wander around the city being useless: "OMG di ya heeya the new one from The Fray? Let me turn it up and I sweyah it'll make ya wanna open a vein right heeeyah!" Enough. The train is not a library. But the rights of people doing things that don't intrude on others ARE SUPERIOR to the rights of people do do whatever the hell they feel like doing. Keep your conversations modulated and short, please, or take them to a vestibule. The rest of us don't care about your bunions, your order at Gino's, or whether Grandma remained continent at Passover Seder. We truly don't. That is all.
Tracy April 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
How about the 6:37am to Penn? I expect the loudness on the ride home but every day I hope for a nice quiet ride into the city so I can grab a bit more of a snooze on the way to work. It almost never happens. Most of the time there's someone on the train with a cackling laugh that resonates throughout the entire car (male or female) and they make no effort to muffle it. I have a loud laugh but I tone it down in public. I've heard people gabbing on their cell phones at that time and I always who the heck are they calling at such an hour. I got on the "quiet car" last week and it was ridiculous. There was a crowd of people on the car all yelling and joking with each other like it was a party. It was actually one of the loudest cars I've ever been on all the time I've been commuting and no one (as far as I could tell) told them to keep it down. We have to deal with inconsiderate people. That's just the way it is. The LIRR isn't going to enforce anything.
anna April 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I'm for it because I won't sit there and now, if I am on the phone and someone complains I can say "this is not the quiet car" - I'm not on the phone while commuting all that often but my commute is over an hour long and there are times when a phone call is needed, and some people just enjoy berating others- it makes them feel better about themselves. It seems to me that if quiet is really imporant to you, it is easy enough to get some ear phones and listen to white noise to drown out whatever is going on around you. The one time I ever complained was when a guy had an extended conversation on speakerphone, and even then all I said was "do you really need to have it on speaker phone?"
toolittle April 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
"On the Long Beach, Hempstead and West Hempstead branches, the expanded pilot will provide for quiet cars on rush hour trains to and from Atlantic Terminal only." Not to Penn Station, so useless.
Thomas T April 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Anna, it seems to me that your parents failed you, and so the world is going to have to teach you some hard lessons about how to behave in public. Can't wait!
Kay Sanyo April 11, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I guess this is a good idea. I don't talk on the phone unless it's to tell someone what time I'll be someplace. My solution for noise on the train is my iPod. Usually does the trick. Now if they can have a "stink free car" where deodorant is required and popcorn/ fast food eating are not allowed.
anna April 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
@ThomasT - LOL thanks for proving me right that some people like to make themselves feel better by berating other people. Congrats on your superiority complex & give yourself a big pat on the back since you really told me LOL
Candygram for Mongo April 11, 2012 at 06:51 PM
not to mention the "crop dusters" - they are the worst!
Thomas T April 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Well, Anna, *someone* had to tell you. Glad to be of help, and at least I was nice about it. Since your sense of entitlement seems to be boundless, I hope that the next time someone puts in check for you, you'll remember this discussion fondly and with pleasure.
Candygram for Mongo April 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
fondling with pleasure? How did this one get through the screeners?


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