Keeping the peace on the ‘QuietRide’

    What do you do when someone on your SEPTA “QuietRide” car refuses to be quiet?

    In last week’s City Howl Help Desk, Juliana Reyes, discovered that some SEPTA conductors won’t help you with the problem – the only thing conductors are required to do is make an announcement that the QuietRide car is, in fact, meant to be quiet. If passengers don’t oblige, well, that’s your problem.Not that SEPTA wants you to be a vigilante about it – oh no. SEPTA discourages loud arguments between passengers about how the quiet car is supposed to be quiet. Keeping the peace on the quiet  might mean you make it in to work, or home in a better mood.  Richard Wener, a psychology professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, told Juliana, riding a quiet car can relieve a lot of stress. (Of coure an un-quiet car probably doesn’t cause as much stress as someone shooting up your bus, but that’s a different SEPTA issue.)On this week’s It’s Our Money podcast, we push for more explanation on how the QuietRide car is  supposed to be quiet if no one enforces the rules and we get some answers from SEPTA on just what those rules are.

    How do you feel about the QuietRide car?  Have you been bugged by chatty rule breakers?  Or maybe you’ve been asked to pipe down? We’d like to know.

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