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Rye Commuter Tunes Out Noise On Train

RYE, N.Y. -- Musician Bill Jones commutes to Rye from New York City to play piano at the Community Synagogue and said he isn't usually bothered by noise on the train."I can understand how other people might be," said Jones. "So I guess having a quiet space would be a good idea."

The MTA recently announced its "Quiet CALMmute" cars. About 31 trains on the Hudson and Harlem lines will have designated quiet cars on some trains during peak hours. The schedule will designate such trains with a "Q."

The pilot program begins on Oct. 17.

Marjorie Anders, spokesperson for the MTA, said that commuters have wanted a quiet space to ride, and that previous success with other trains led to the idea.

"The railroad has been watching Amtrak's very successful implementation of quiet cars," Anders said. "Then Metro North did its own pilot west of Hudson. It just seems like the march of progress to begin east of Hudson."

The last car on the designated trains will become a quiet car during the morning peak hours, while the first car will be designated a quiet car during the evening peak hours.

The MTA encourages passengers on these cars to not use their cell phones and to silence their computers and other electronic devices. Riders should also speak quietly and lower the volume on their headphones so other passengers cannot hear the sounds or music.

Conductors on these trains will distribute as needed special "Shhhhhh" cards that explain the guidelines for the quiet cars in both English and Spanish.

Jones said he probably won't go out of his way to get a seat on the quiet cars."I like quiet and all," he said. "But sometimes you're going to have to be in a noisy situation, and you can't let things like that bother you."

Do you ride the MTA? What do you think of having quiet cars?

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