Quiet Car Designated on Amtrak ‘Wolverines’

The quiet car movement has reached the Midwest with one car on weekday Wolverine Service being designated as a quiet car. Amtrak operates three Wolverine Service roundtrips between Chicago and Pontiac, Mich., via Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Although travel on the Wolverines requires a reservation, seats in the quiet cars are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The quiet car will be identified with signs at stations along the route. For now, the quiet car will only operate Monday through Friday.

“In today’s business world, being connected and able to work from an Amtrak train is an advantage. Amtrak understands this, and so we welcome cell phone and computer use on-board our trains,” Amtrak Central Division General Superintendent Tom Connolly said in a news release. “But it is clear there is also a market for peace and quiet, so it is also an advantage for us to provide a railcar each weekday on Wolverine trains where travelers can unplug.”

Wolverine Service ridership grew 6 percent in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2013 when compared to the same period FY 2012.

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