November 18, 2013 1:45 pm
Updated: November 18, 2013 2:14 pm

GO Train to offer ‘Quiet Zones’ on all rush hour routes


TORONTO – The success of a pilot project last year has encouraged GO Transit to offer Quiet Zones on all of its rush hour train routes on a permanent basis.

The service, which will be available Monday to Friday, allows commuters to enter the train’s upper deck to relax, sleep, or work with the benefit of reduced noise.

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“We realize that the Quiet Zone won’t always be silent – announcements will still need to be made, people will have quiet conversations and cell phones may ring – but we and your fellow passengers in the Quiet Zone ask that any noise is kept low and brief for everyone’s comfort,” reads a message on GO Transit’s website.

The pilot project was implemented on its Barrie line trains last February with positive feedback from users.

GO Transit has offered up several tips for those travelling in the Quiet Zone:

-Short and quiet conversations are okay
-Keep electronics including cell phones, tablets and laptops muted
-Ensure your headphone volume is so low others cannot hear it

Rush hour operation includes all trains arriving/departing Union Station before 9:30 a.m. and all trains leaving/arriving at Union Station between 3:00 and 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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