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MBTA starts 'quiet car' program on commuter trains

January 3, 2011

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BOSTON—Boston-area commuters who want a more peaceful train ride to work can now take advantage of the MBTA's "quiet cars."

The transit agency on Monday unveiled a pilot program that offers one car on the Franklin and Fitchburg lines in which cell phone and pager use is barred, while laptops and PDAs must be kept on mute during peak times. Even conversations and music must be hushed.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority initiated the program at the request of riders.

Under the pilot program, the car nearest the locomotive is designated the "quiet car."

If the three-month trial period is a hit, it will be extended to all commuter rail lines.