It's Going to Get Quieter (If You Want) on NJ Transit

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    People line up to board a New Jersey Transit train at the train station in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007. The head of NJ Transit is recommending a 10 percent fare hike, beginning June 1. The increase would apply to both bus and rail fares. On Tuesday, outgoing NJ Transit executive director George D. Warrington said that it would close a budget deficit of about $60 million in the agency's proposed $1.5 billion budget. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    NJ Transit rail riders will soon have more options for a quite commute.

    After a successful two-month pilot program, the agency is expanding the number of so-called "quiet cars'' to all trains that go into Newark and New York Penn stations during peak hours.

    Passengers on the first and last cars of those trains are asked to refrain from using cell phones and to disable the sound on computers and other electronic devices.

    NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein says rider feedback on the program has been "overwhelmingly positive.''

    The quiet car concept originated with Amtrak in 1999 and has spread to commuter rail operations on both coasts.