NY-NJ transit agencies outline Super Bowl plans
The New York area’s major transportation agencies announced
separate plans for moving crowds of football fans for February’s
Super Bowl, and their presentations Monday carried a common theme:
”I think it’s the smartest thing – people don’t know where
they’re going and it’s a dense area,” said Al Kelly, head of the
Super Bowl host committee. ”If you want to party, it’s a safe way
to get around, a reliable way to get around. I think people should
put the getting around in the hands of the professionals.”
Those professionals gathered at the Secaucus Junction rail
station to outline their plans. Absent was a plan to offer an
all-purpose pass that could be used on all transit systems in New
York and New Jersey. That had been discussed in the early stages
after the game was awarded to MetLife Stadium in 2010, but was
ultimately deemed too complicated, Kelly said Monday.
Organizers are billing the first outdoor, cold-weather Super
Bowl as the first mass-transit Super Bowl, and their fervent hope
is that fans will use public transportation to get to the game as
well as to the official and non-official activities leading up to
Those hopes are rooted in pragmatism. With hundreds of thousands
of commuters moving into and out of New York on an average day, the
influx of an estimated 400,000 people for the Super Bowl – most of
whom won’t have tickets to the Feb. 2 game – could throw the
region’s roads into chaos.
In addition, MetLife Stadium’s approximately 28,000 parking
spaces for a New York Giants or New York Jets game will be pared to
12,000 to 13,000 due to security and television requirements.
Ticketholders will be required to buy a parking pass to park at the
stadium, as will buses and shuttles as they won’t be allowed to
drop off passengers and leave. There will be about 1,600 spaces set
aside for buses, Kelly said.
The host committee will offer buses for ticketholders on game
day for $51 from five locations in New York City and three in New
Jersey. New Jersey Transit is selling a $50 commemorative ”Super
Pass” good for travel on its rail, light rail and bus lines from
Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, and has expanded its platform at Secaucus to
accommodate longer trains to MetLife Stadium.
Trains will be added on Port Authority Trans-Hudson service
between New York and Hoboken, Jersey City and Newark, and on the
Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Railroad and
In addition, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will
dedicate additional lanes at its Hudson River tunnels to traffic
heading to New Jersey before the game and to New York after the
game, and Amtrak will suspend regular repair work on tunnels going
into New York’s Penn Station and will add a stop at the Secaucus
station for some of its trains on Super Bowl Sunday.
Much of the game-day burden figures to fall on NJ Transit, which
is expected to carry as many as three times as many passengers from
Secaucus on Super Bowl Sunday than it did for Sunday’s Jets-Oakland
game, according to executive director James Weinstein.
Weinstein said Monday the agency has conducted drills at a
recent Giants and Jets game and has made adjustments.
”It can be as simple as people walking all the way to the end
of the platform and the doors opening up and everybody getting on,
instead of lingering,” he said. ”In order to get 1,300 to 1,500
people on the train efficiently, that’s what has to happen. We
believe it’s probably going to be less of a challenge getting
people who are unfamiliar with our system to do that.”