Super Bowl Transit Setback - New York News

Super Bowl Transit Setback

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - On a daily basis, over 900,000 people ride New Jersey Transit during the week. This past Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium brought even more attention to the problems associated with the local transit system. Thousands of people were left stranded that day waiting to take New Jersey Transit to and from the game.

As a result, Senator Bob Gordon is holding oversight hearings regarding these mass transit breakdowns.

“The objective is to find what’s wrong with the organization and how do we fix it so we can provide better service for our customers,” Gordon said.

Senator Gordon agrees that the Super Bowl was a huge debacle, but the transit system had problems even before that which go back as long as 16 months that needs to be investigated.

After Superstorm Sandy, NJ Transit lost about $120 million due to damages which some feel could have been avoided. Trains and other equipment were not moved from low lying areas when they should have been, resulting in the loss of many railway cars.

After the Super Bowl “cattle crawl”, NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein gave praise on how 33,000 people were helped to get home that night after a level one security event. But NJ Transit did not expect 40% of fans to use public transportation even though that was the most promoted commute to utilize to and from the Super Bowl.

NJ Transit has had its share of problems in the past, and trains have not always arrived to a lot of places on time. Super Bowl Sunday's problems escalated when all 82,000 fans left the stadium at the same time. However, NJ Transit did manage to transfer 32,000-33,000 within two hours and five minutes.

The downfall of it all was that NFL and transportation experts originally estimated that about 15,000 people would be taking NJ Transit on game day. That number was easily doubled where the New Jersey and New York planning committees should have noticed the issue.

Weinstein acknowledged these problems and he said that all questions and communication between the NFL and NJ Transit will be looked into.


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