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Greenwich Rail Riders Cheer Quiet Cars

GREENWICH, Conn. — Are you tired of being forced to listen to someone else’s conversations while taking the train back and forth to work? Soon riders on the Danbury branch of the New Haven Line of Metro-North Railroad will have the option to ride on “Quiet Cars,” which will be added on a trial basis in October.

Riders making their way back and forth to Greenwich on Tuesday were all for the addition of “Quiet Cars” coming to the state.

“People seem to talk louder on a cell phone. When people are talking loud they don’t realize they’re discourteous,” said Ellen Murdoch, a Greenwich resident and teacher at Cos Cob School who was going to Manhattan to visit her kids. “After a long day, all you want is peace and quiet. I would absolutely look for [a quiet car].”

Judith Casasampere commutes a short distance every day on the train and said she was all for quiet cars. “I think it’s lovely. I was in London recently and all of [the trains] have silent cars,” she said, adding she prefers to text rather than talk on her phone during the ride. “It’s a really good idea.”

Passengers who board the “Quiet Car” will keep as silent as possible — which will include muting cell phones, computers and other electronic devices, and speaking in subdued voices that can’t be heard by others, a Metro-North statement said. If someone needs to make a call or talk, they have to leave the car to do so. Conductors will have business cards to hand out “as needed” to remind people of the rules of the car, the statement said.

Metro-North partnered with New Jersey Transit to add the cars on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines on June 1 . Although the plan was to expand the service to the east of the Hudson lines later in the year, the cars have received good reviews from riders in New Jersey, said Aaron Donavon, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority .

The cars will be added Oct. 17 when Metro-North’s timetable changes, Donavon said. The trial will run until the timetable changes again, which should be at the end of winter, he said. He said the Hudson and Harlem lines will also add the cars.

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