‘Quiet’ cars a hit on Metra

Today marks the Metra’s first ever debut of the “quiet” car. The first and last cars of Metra trains are designated “quiet” cars, free of all cell phones, loud chatter, and electronic devices.

The designated quiet trains run during morning and evening rush hours. Even though the quiet cars are still in the testing stages, Metra reports that “riders have shown overwhelming support.”

The Rock Island District line is the first to test the quiet cars. Eventually, all 11 lines are going to have quiet cars by summer, said Metra Acting Executive Director William Tupper.

Quiet cars will be assigned on trains from 6 to 9 a.m., and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cars will be marked with distinctive signs.

Metra confronted the issue of adding quiet cars after the Tribune wrote and article in September about the success of the “Quiet Commute” cars in New Jersey.