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Quiet Car sign


I like the Quiet car.  It’s the second car from the locomotive.

People seem nice in here.

Until one makes a sound.

Phone rings.

Ears perk up.

Eyes shoot you down.


First five, maybe ten seconds of talking on the phone will be given. Then someone speaks up and says, “This IS the quiet car.” Sounding terribly irritated and annoyed. But my friend just made a joke about the train doors’ beeping noise when they close sounding like that of a microwave beeping when done. So I laughed out loud! Friends who know me knows I laugh – LOUD.

A few minutes later, conductor made an announcement on the intercom reminding us of the quiet car etiquette.
Then the conductor went up to me and said (nicely though), “Ma’am, this is the quiet car. If you need to make a phone call or wish to continue with your call, please move to next car.”

OK.  I didn’t make a scene. I got to the end of the car and just transferred to the next car.

Now, I only sit in the quiet car when I have no choice, especially when a trip is delayed and/or cancelled that a lot of people try to get a seat.

So please heed my warning. People in the quiet car are quite snarky about it. Adhere to the rules especially during rush hour times.

So here are the helpful tips when you find yourself in the quiet car:

Quiet Car Guidelines

To ensure that our Quiet Cars live up to their name, we encourage passengers to follow the guidelines below:

  • No Loud Talking. If you’d like to carry on a conversation, please relocate to another car.
  • Mute Your Device: Customers may not use any devices with audio features enabled or without headphones, including:
    • cellular phones
    • pagers
    • handheld games
    • laptop computers
    • portable CD or DVD players

Customers using headphones must keep the volume low enough so that the audio cannot be heard by neighboring passengers.

Metrolink personnel may ask passengers who fail to follow these guidelines to relocate to another car.



Trips before 9:00am and 4:00 – 7:20pm are the toughest.

After those times, your attention may be called but most of the time, they’ll just let it slide.

If you ride on the weekends, there is no quiet car though.