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Calif. SMART policy proposes cellphone ban onboard trains

Posted on September 26, 2016

PETALUMA, Calif. — With Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit commuter trains set to launch by the end of the year, passengers are set to enjoy plenty of amenities, including free Wi-Fi and cocktail service, however, under a proposed code of conduct policy they may not be able to talk on their cellphones, The Press Democrat reports.

The restriction, which requires the approval of the rail agency’s board of directors, may be without precedent among public transit systems anywhere in the U.S. The proposed ban highlights debate over the use of cellphones in public spaces for work or leisure purposes, and the annoyance many feel at being roped into someone else’s conversation. For the full story, click here.

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