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Chicago Metra Debuts new “Quiet Cars”

Chicago Metra Debuts new “Quiet Cars”

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Metra debuted its new “Quiet Cars” Monday on the Rock Island Line from Joliet to Chicago. Riders on the first and last cars of the inbound trains from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and outbound trains from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. are supposed to keep their electronic gadgets quiet, and their conversations subdued.

Metra is testing out the quiet cars after 86 percent of its passengers responded favorably to them in an e-mail survey. According to Metra, 13.6 percent of those responding to its survey were opposed to quiet cars.

The blue bumper sticker-sized sign — “Quiet Car Rush Hour Only” — is the only reminder of the new program, which will rely on riders for its compliance.