New regulations that would prohibit passengers from wearing headphones or other audio devices during crowded subway rides are scheduled to take effect on Monday, according to The New York Times.
The restrictions would come into effect for the subway system’s first few years after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) first began using audio devices on the system.
However, it’s unclear if this will be the last time that the new regulations take effect.
Under the new rules, passengers would only be allowed to wear headphones during stops at subway stations, according the NYT.
That will make it easier for passengers to listen to music or podcasts while they wait for their train to arrive.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced the ban on headphones during subway rides on Monday.
“We are trying to make sure that we do not discourage people from using the city,” de Blasio said.
“And that we’re also not discouraging people from making a living in New York City.”
New York State’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) has also said that it will also begin using audio device bans at some subway stations beginning on Monday and will allow passengers to wear headsets during the entire duration of the ban.
The department said the measures will reduce noise and noise pollution and improve the quality of passengers’ journeys.