Quiet – when it comes to public transportation it is something that is not always easy to come by, whether it is as simple as the rustling of a newspaper in the quiet car or an hour long phone conversation in our regular cars or general PA announcements.
New riders hop aboard our trains every day. We feel that communication with those riders is important and, as a result, we make safety and courtesy PA announcements daily.
Some choose to wear head phones while commuting. We understand that listening to music is one of the perks of riding the train or the use of noise cancelling headphones may be a “sound” investment for those who like absolute silence in the quiet car. However, if you do wear head phones, please keep a few things in mind:
1. Keep the volume of your electronics turned down low, one, as a courtesy of those around you and two, for your own safety. If an emergency occurs, announcements about that emergency will be made over the PA system.
2. VRE policy requires riders to have their tickets available at all times for inspection. If you wear headphones and don’t want to be disturbed make sure that you have your tickets displayed for duration of the trip so that conductors can check for validation times and travel zones.
3. Announcements are made for each station stop. If you can’t hear those station stops, pay extra attention to the scrolling screens on board the train or the signs on the platform showing where your train is located so that you do not miss your stop.
We understand that riders wish to be as comfortable as they can while riding our trains. But remember, train announcements are there for a reason and if you hear them playing, you may wish to take a second and listen.