The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


January 23, 2014

NY-NJ area ready for 'mass transit' Super Bowl


New Jersey Transit, the nation's third-largest commuter rail system, will expand service and add cars onto some trains starting on Wednesday of Super Bowl week, and will have additional bus service into New York from next Wednesday through Saturday. The agency is offering a $50 "Super Pass" good for travel on its rail, light rail and bus lines from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3. NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said about 1,300 of the passes had been sold so far.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey, will add trains to its PATH rail service between Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan beginning next Monday.

Two years of planning have gone into figuring out how to move 80,000-plus people in and around MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday in any weather. Two factors in organizers' favor: weekend traffic is less onerous, and parking restrictions will keep down the number of cars that can get onto the stadium grounds.

Fewer than 15,000 of the normal 28,000 parking spaces are available and must be reserved by ticketholders for $150 each. (As of Wednesday some were being sold on eBay for upwards of $300.) Buses and limos won't be allowed to drop off passengers and leave, and will also have to pay for parking spaces.

That leaves trains and buses as the mode of transportation organizers hope a large number of fans will choose.

The Super Bowl host committee is running buses from six locations in New York and three in New Jersey — one in Secaucus, one at Newark Liberty Airport's Marriott hotel and one in Hanover, close to the Broncos' practice facility in Florham Park. Tickets are $51 roundtrip — no discount for one-way travel — and are on sale through this Friday. They've been selling well, according to host committee spokeswoman Alice McGillion, though she wouldn't specify how many had been sold. The buses hold about 50 people each and will be allocated to the different locations based on demand, McGillion said.

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