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PATCO to launch 'quiet car' pilot program

On March 1, the Port Authority Transit Corp. (PATCO) plans to begin a three-month “quiet car” pilot program.

The quiet car will be the last car of each train, with quiet hours to remain in place 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday, PATCO officials said in a prepared statement.

Quiet car rules require riders to refrain from talking on cell phones and to put all electronic devices on vibrate or mute. They also must use earphones while listening to music and maintain a low volume on music-playing devices.

PATCO officials decided to try the program after an online survey of riders indicated an interest in quiet cars. After the three-month trial, they plan to survey riders to determine if the program should be made permanent.

“The quiet car program dovetails with a train etiquette campaign now under way encouraging our customers to be more polite when riding PATCO,” said PATCO Assistant General Manager Cheryl Spicer.

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