This story describes "quiet cars" on New Jersey Transit where the use of cell phones and other noisy gadgets is restricted so commuters can travel in peace. Similar initiatives on other commuter railways as well as Amtrak's Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha Service have had success. Regardless, Metra -- our 1950s-mentality commuter rail service -- has no plans to even consider such a thing.
To any Chicago area bicyclist, this resistance sounds familiar. It took pressure from then-Lieutenant Governor Quinn (along with the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, of course) to get Metra to implement a program to allow a very limited number of bikes on their trains. By my reckoning, Metra is one of the least progressive transit services in the country. I guess we should be glad they don't make us shovel coal.