That means, the 90% of passengers who are already quiet can now choose to squeeze into the two designated quiet cars on each train, while the remaining 5-10% who are “noisy” can stretch out comfortably in nearly any car they wish, confident that any polite requests for them to “Keep it down, please?” can be answered with a polite, “Perhaps you would like to squeeze into the quiet car while I browse through all the ring tones on my phone?”
Wow – that’s irksome.
Why does it never occur to folks that perhaps a designated “noisy” car would better serve most passengers?
The current gap between “nice commute” and “noisily harried commute” is, currently, small – it could be bridged effectively with a program of courtesy reminders. Rather, a program of divisive rule-enforcement will only, IMOO (that is, “In My Opinionated Opinion”), cause folks to think that courtesy is not necessary, as long as we create sufficient boundaries between the gap-makers.
Meanwhile, the war on Second-Hand Sound, which I am convinced will soon be recognized as causing as much damage to mental health as we now know second-hand smoke to cause to physical health.. well, that war is brewing on the horizons of our busily crowded lives.
Sorry to be a yammerer, but I think that issues concerning preservation of solitude are worth yammering about, and sometimes a bit loudly, especially when I’m about to get squeezed into an over-crowded quiet car. Hopefully they’ll serve us peanuts and chips!