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Watch the Gap and Silence your Phones says The MTA

Passengers on some Metro- North trains will soon be able to ride in almost complete silence.

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."

Some Mount Kisco residents, like Catherine Lepone, think the MTA needs to consider adding more than the 31 designated quiet trains.

“I think all cars should be quiet cars. It's just simple courtesy not to hold loud conversations, talk on the phone and play loud music in such close quarters,” said Lepone. “We should have a few 'loud' cars for people who need to be loud.”

Anders said the quiet cars could also expand to the New Haven Line at a later date. "Connecticut is watching what happens in New York," Anders said. "I know that they're actively considering it. It just hasn't happened yet."

The pilot program begins on October 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.

“It's about time [we have quiet cars], people are just too rude to figure out what is proper,” said Mount Kisco resident, Pete Smith.

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.

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