BrizCommuter is not a fan of the quiet carriage. Whilst they work well on booked seat long distance trains in Europe, they don't really work well on suburban rail systems, which is why few other commuter systems have bothered to even try. Peak period commuters tend to travel in either a carriage where they can actually get a seat (or in some cases actually get onto the train), or the carriage closest to the exit at their destination station. Having to avoid a quiet carriage just in case you might get a phone call from work/spuse/childcare can be quite a pain in the posterior. Given that 18 passengers in car 2 on BrizCommuter's train this morning were listening to music through headphones, BrizCommuter thinks that QR will have a struggle to make cars 2 and 5 quiet.
BrizCommuter is also concerned about the "quiet carriage police". QR, and Transit officers do not police the quiet carriage. However, many quiet carriages have been observed to be policed by intolerant angry members of the public, shouting (yes, shouting) at anyone making any noise louder than shallow breathing. It is sadly only a matter of time before one of these persons ends up being assaulted. Funnily enough members of the "quiet carriage police" have also been observed getting on trains before passengers have alighted, hogging aisle seats whilst window seats are empty, and taking up seats with their hand bags. Go figure!
Whilst QR promote the moved quiet carriages, and free wi-fi on trains, they are still neglecting the two key requirements of a decent railway - frequent and reliable train services. Commuters are still being kept in the dark about the introduction of the phase 2 timetables. Many commuters (and even some QR staff) are still in the dark about the recent minor Ferny Grove and Cleveland Line changes. There have also been multiple severe service interruptions in the last few months. Do QR need to get their priorities right?
BrizCommuter accidentally coughed in the quiet carriage this morning, but thankfully didn't get any nasty looks from the "quiet carriage police". Maybe they haven't moved in yet, as they also didn't notice the 14 people listening to music in just the one quiet carriage. Maybe they are trying to be tolerant?Also, the old quiet carriage poster adverting the quiet carriage as being in cars 1 and 6 was still up in car 2, which happens to be the new quiet carriage - doh!