Another reason why we need "quiet cars" on CTA trains

Last week I suggested that we should have "quiet cars" on
CTA trains. Some of you scoffed at the idea. I just want them so I can
escape this insanity and stupidity of cellers:

Yesterday a guy (loudly)  made two phone calls, but cut both of them short, screaming:

"Well, I can't talk to you now because I'm on the train and I can't hear you!"

OK, dimwit, so why did you make the calls in the first place?

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  • Yes, a thousand times yes, Mr. Tattler. I often want to ask people who answer their phones or try to make calls, especially in the subway, and then can't hear or be heard, "What the f*** were you thinking, dipsh**?" But I would never do that because I am polite and well-mannered...most of the time.

  • This would seem a reason for the cell phone talkers to demand a quiet car, while the quiet car was defined as a car free of them, according to your prior post.

  • In reply to jack:

    No no Jack. I want a Quiet Car to which I can go to ESCAPE people on their cell phones.

  • In reply to jack:

    Walgreen's sells really inexpensive earplugs that block out more than 30 dB of sound. Not just noise but sound. And if your reaction is "Well, why should *I* have to...", it's because the world is goddamn unfair and sometimes you just have to take care of yourself.

    If you want an even more isolated world, put in those earplugs and then, over them, use an inexpensive pair of active noise-cancelling headphones. You don't want the ones with pads that rest on your ears; you want the ones with cups that surround your ears. Don't connect them to anything -- just turn them on and let them eliminate all that awful ambient sound.

  • In reply to jack:

    Bob, isn't that a good way to miss an announcement that might be important? Like "This train will run express to a station that's past the one you want to get off on"?

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    It hasn't happened to me.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    I ride the green line almost everyday from Oak Park to my school (Depaul loop campus) and I've noticed an increase in people playing music on their phones without earphones. I'm usually listening to my iphone or reading but even with earphones on, it's incredibly distracting. Once a man asked a woman to turn her music off and she went berserk, threatening the man and the whole car! It got to the point where the conductor had to escort her off the train at Ashland. Yes, it's public transportation but why do people have to be sooooo rude?? I lived in Japan before I moved to Chicago (for university) and it's a social sin to even speak on your phone or talk to others when riding the trains there. I wish people would understand that etiquette is important.

  • In reply to jack:

    Yesterday I had a guy on my bus who from the moment he boarded, he sat up front shouting on his cell phone. A little later a lady got on and sat across from him, and started talking on the phone as well. What came next I'll never forget, he stopped his conversation and said to the person on the other end, "What was that? There's a lady on this bus speaking VERY LOUDLY ON HER CELL PHONE!"

  • In reply to goldminetim:

    Irony is alive and well and riding the CTA.

  • In reply to goldminetim:

    Hey, here's an idea. What we need is, scattered around the central city in public places, a number of small booths, each having a door that shuts, so a person can step inside and make a phone call with some privacy, without disturbing others, and able to hear and be heard. Wouldn't life be more civilized that way? I bet some of you can think of additional amenities that would be useful in these booths.

  • I still don't see the point - the trains are SO loud as it is that having a quiet car won't do much good. Now if they had rubberized wheels like in Paris, and ran alot quieter, I could see the benefit of actually enjoying a QUIET ride. But its either the screeching of metal on metal, people talking too loudly, or the deafening ring of the trains on the elevated track. I just put on my headphones and tune it all out.

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