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PATCO Inaugurates ‘Quiet Cars’ On All Weekday Trains

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(A Patco train crosses the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

(A Patco train crosses the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. File photo by John Ostapkovich)

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By Al Novack

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — PATCO is following the lead of other transit agencies, launching a three-month test of “quiet cars” on its trains.

The test program will utilize the last car of each High-Speed Line train as the so-called “quiet” car.

PATCO president John Matheussen feels the public is ready for some quiet time aboard mass transit.

“It’s a place where we ask people to cooperate with each other and refrain from talking on their cell phones, (refrain from) loud conversations, turn your earbuds down so the people next to you don’t have to listen to your music, but just a place where people can be quiet.”

For this test run, the quiet cars will be on every train, 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. (PATCO had previously indicated the quiet cars would be enforced only during rush hours — see previous story.)

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