This would become a reality if some city council members had it their way. In an article in today’s edition of the New York Daily News, some city council members are urging the MTA to introduce quiet cars in the NYC subway. This request comes on the hands of all the news about plans to wire the NYC subway platforms & possibly tunnels as well.
Bronx democratic councilman Oliver Koppell has mentioned that long distance rail lines already make use of “quiet cars.” He had some other statements about quiet cars:
“You may say, ‘People won’t listen.’ But there’s a tendency for self-policing in that system. So, if you have a quiet car … and someone gets on and starts talking on the cell phone, other passengers will say, ‘This is a quiet car, please turn off the cell phone. Generally, that works.”
I think the idea of quiet cars on the NYC subway is a horrible idea. Lets look at the cold harsh reality which is a daily ride on the NYC subway. The ride is not quiet! Whether it is the sound of music from an i-pod, someone playing their PSP, someone watching a movie on a portable dvd player, people conversing with one another, or the actual sound of the trains going over trackage, the NYC subway is not quiet!
If the MTA was to introduce a quiet car, it will only serve as a place to hear the sound of train cars going over trackage even more clearly. Wow! I can’t wait to hear those sounds more clearly in a quiet car! What idiocy!