The "Quiet Car" pilot program is scheduled to become a permanent fixture on PATCO trains on January 2, officials announced Monday.
Quiet Cars, which is designated on the last cars of a train, will be available to passengers Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
"Our customers survey data led us to two conclusions: The Quiet Car was a keeper, and customers valued it most during rush hours," PATCO General Manager John Rink said in a statement.
The Quiet Car program asks that passengers limit their cell phone use to silent texting and silent games, keep conversations brief and whispered and to play music through headphones at a volume that cannot be heard by other passengers.
PATCO says it has already begun to outfit trains with signs that inform passengers of the program.
The program launched on March 1 and was originally scheduled to end by June 1, but positive customer feedback led to the extension of the pilot program through the end of the year, PATCO said.
Once again we need to bundle up and watch for icy patches on roads and sidewalks.
The cold stays with us for a few more days. Today's high is in the upper 20s; tomorrow, high around freezing.
Looks like another storm system moving in to start the weekend. This one will likely bring a mix of snow, sleet, and rain. Stay tuned.