SSSH! Today’s big transport news is a bit hush-hush.
Quiet carriages will become a permanent fixture on V/Line trains after a successful trial on lines including Ballarat to Melbourne.
The carriages were tested on seven trains between January and June this year, with positive feedback from customers and staff.
They will now be introduced on another 25 VLocity trains across the state.
Quiet carriages are clearly marked by signs inside and out, and travellers who choose them are asked to turn down their electronic devices, switch their phones to silent and speak quietly.
The train rules are not enforced by staff and there is no penalty for breaking them, but V/Line spokesperson Clare Steele said people had been following them anyway.
“I’ve not heard of any instances where people didn’t respect the quiet carriage etiquette,” she said. “Because there’s a choice of other carriages, there’s freedom to go into those carriages to make a call or make noise.”
Ms Steele said the new carriages would be introduced between now and Christmas.
“It will be a gradual process, based around signage,” she said.
“When carriages go in for maintenance, that means that we can put on the signage so people know which carriages they can get into.”
On three-car VLocity trains, the quiet carriage will be located at the front or rear of the train. Six-car trains may have two quiet carriages.