Loud Talkers: GO Transit piloting a “Quiet Zone” on the Barrie train

Ian Hardy

February 6, 2013 6:49pm


Nothing could be worse than a loud talker. First world problems for sure, but these people are only meters away and somehow seem to be next to you. If you’re a passenger of GO Transit, specifically the Barrie train, then effective February 11th you’ll see a “Quiet Zone” be introduced. GO states that this Quiet Zone will take up the top level of the train and is a place for passengers looking to “enjoy the silence” with muted electronics – cell phones, tablets and laptops. In addition, your headphone volume must be “so low others cannot hear it.” Curious what happens if you feel someone is too loud for your liking? GO notes that you “Quietly and politely ask them to keep noise levels down,” or ask them to move to another quiet section on the train.

The Quiet Zone will be in effect on Barrie line trips except for the southbound (808) 7:22 a.m. trip from Barrie and the northbound (807) 5:35 p.m. trip from Union Station.

Shhhhhhh!

Source: GO Transit
Via: City

  • derp

    they should do this everywhere, i hate when im on the bus and shaniqua is always talking so loud on the phone with her friend, and tyrone is always blasting his music

    • Brayden

      Damn it Tyrone turn down your music

    • Tyrone

      lol is all I have to say when I read this.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny because it’s true.

    • OMG BASEDGOD #taskforce #tybg

      Close your eyes. Picture a commuter on the train blasting his music. What’s he wearing? Nothing special. Baseball cap on backward, baggy pants. Says something ordinary like, “Yo that’s shizzle.” Okay, now slowly open your eyes again. Who were you picturing? A black man? Wrong. That was a white woman. Surprised? Well shame on you.

  • ns.dev

    It’ll be cool when disintegration lasers are invented. Then they can be mounted on the ceiling with DB meters.

    “I’M ON THE TRAIN, I CAN TOTALLY TA” pew pew.

  • lol

    Amazing idea

  • Fan of mobile syrup

    Curious!! why mobilesyrup posting this news???

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), and jack

      @Fan of mobile syrup

      A Go Train looks and functions like a phone d*****s. Keep smoking what you’re smoking.

  • Bryan

    In Chicago on the METRA trains there are 2 “quiet cars” on each express train. We’ve had it for a year or so now. It’s a great place to read a book or decompress after a long day at work. The rules are pretty much the same as you’ve described and its enforced the same way you’d expect in a library.

    Enjoy it!

  • Bryan

    I suspect MobileSyrup is posting this with regard to the impact on mobile devices on the train.

  • Sam

    I was on the Milton train yesterday, and I noticed that itchy implemented a quiet zone on the second floor of the train (where there’s a door which allows you to go to the next car). However, today’s train had no quiet zone.

  • 0defaced

    man, this would go over so badly in Van….

    “excuse me sir, could you please tur…”

    *punched in ribs*

    “……have a good day sir”

    bahahahahahahaha

    • EvanK

      Same goes for Winnipeg, but replace “punched in ribs” with “stabbed in face”.

    • kennetho9322

      No doubt you’re talkin’ about that scary Skytrain! Still, what annoys me most is that 99% of these people are yakking about stupid mundane things!

  • Wilbour

    WITHOUT MOBILE DEVICES I WONT BE ABLE TO TYPE IN CAPS EITHER!

  • Tman

    Sounds great. What about the person next to me who can’t shut up for more than 3 seconds talking about nonsense to their bored friend. Can I politely ask them to go to another train. Or is it only ‘electronic’ quiet time?

  • trelarah

    Just today on Lakeshore East I had to ask a guy to turn down his heavy metal music that the whole train could hear. I like to read, not listen to terrible loud music while confined in an overly hot space with sick people…

  • Thompson

    This is one of the reason why I love the subway. No signal, for now anyways, for blabbers on their phones. People who don’t realize, it isn’t necessary to scream into their phones for the other party to hear.

    • EvanK

      The logic seems to go, “I can’t hear you properly, so clearly yelling into my end of the conversation will fix that”

  • oldschool

    Would you rather be stuck beside someone dropping silent but stank farts or someone playing music and talking?

    Vote up for noise, down for farts.

  • Betty

    damm Shaniqua shut up, no one wants to hear about the KFC chicken sale or grape drank sale

    • Brad F, Brad F(anboy), and jack

      @Betty
      @derp

      Stay in school. Consider night school too.

  • John Lay

    I thought no one talk on the phone these days. All of us just FB/Tweet or text or WhatsApp on the phone to communicate.. no noise generated..

  • Bruno B

    Its about time, all electronic device should be put in ‘vibrate’ mode, as for the loud talker, they should be in silence mode in ALL public places.

  • Good

    This is great. Now only if local transit would do this. The loud talking doesn’t usually bug me as much as children do. There’s only so much crying and screaming I can take.

    • Al

      Should be a sealed off compartment for all the screaming ankle biters!

  • coop3422

    And this is why I drive lol

  • Marckus

    First world problems, since I’m sure they don’t have cell phone or trains in Asia.

  • Tom

    And this is why I’m glad airplanes have no phone service.

    I don’t take public transit often but when I do, it’s for less than an hour per trip so I’m not bothered by people talking on the phone (it gets drowned out anyway by the bus accelerating with the windows open).

    But on a long haul flight I would lose my mind hearing all that commotion. Noisy kids are bad enough, endless jabbering is even worse.

  • SHOGUN

    White people can’t even keep their racists comments off a Mobile Phone blog.

    Not surprising at all.

    I used to drive for Mississauga Transit and the amount of disrepectful things I’ve seen white teenagers do on my bus was unbelievable.

  • Kristen

    Thank you, Shogun.