A library and art gallery on every Metra train’s ‘Quiet Car’

Blue sign saying "Quiet Car Rush Hour Only". An icon with an index finger pointing up by a shushed mouth. Used on Metra trains in Chicago.

The suburban train line system in Chicago recently started a new policy of having a “Quiet Car” on every Metra train. These “Quiet Cars” have signage to indicate that you are on a “Quiet Car” and thus you are to be quiet. If you happen to miss these signs Metra says, “There will also be more on-board announcements on trains with ‘Quiet Cars.’ These announcements will also include a friendly reminder from the Conductor as he collects fares.”

Metra could take this a step further and change the environment of the car so people know they are on a “Quiet Car.” They could have bookshelves on the “Quiet Car” so people know to act like it’s a library. Or maybe artwork, so it’s like an art museum.

The seats on one side of the train could be replaced with bookshelves and paintings and fine art sculptures. Tear down the car’s second platform on one side, opening up a big open wall.

I want to totally redesign the Metra Quiet Car.

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unlikelymoose
10 years ago

i like your idea of tearing down the seats on one side of the rail car to put up shelves. While you’re at it, put some hardwood floor down, and paint the walls white. I can’t decide if there should be no windows in this car.

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