Super Bowl Transit Setback - New York News

Super Bowl Transit Setback

Posted: Updated:
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.


Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • A New Vote On Bail Reform

    A New Vote On Bail Reform

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:54:03 GMT
    Governor Christie recently held a press conference in Trenton about a special legislative session that he called for regarding bail reform in New Jersey. Right now judges in New Jersey are required to offer bail. This often lets violent offenders be released on bail where they can commit other crimes while they are awaiting trial, and nonviolent offenders often have to sit in jail while they await their trials.
    Governor Christie recently held a press conference in Trenton about a special legislative session that he called for regarding bail reform in New Jersey. Right now judges in New Jersey are required to offer bail. This often lets violent offenders be released on bail where they can commit other crimes while they are awaiting trial, and nonviolent offenders often have to sit in jail while they await their trials.
  • Sound From NYC Pier Concerts Angering NJ Residents

    Sound From NYC Pier Concerts Angering NJ Residents

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:40:11 GMT
    Some residents of West New York, New Jersey are happy with their beautiful views of Manhattan, but aren’t too happy about the noise that is coming over from the city. Residents who live at the Hudson Club apartment complex at Port Imperial say that the music that reportedly comes from a new concert hall at Pier 97 across the Hudson River in New York City is affecting their quality of life.
    Some residents of West New York, New Jersey are happy with their beautiful views of Manhattan, but aren’t too happy about the noise that is coming over from the city. Residents who live at the Hudson Club apartment complex at Port Imperial say that the music that reportedly comes from a new concert hall at Pier 97 across the Hudson River in New York City is affecting their quality of life.
  • Roxbury Is Stronger Than The Smell

    Roxbury Is Stronger Than The Smell

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:39:45 GMT
    A group of residents from Roxbury, New Jersey, who have been dealing with the Fenimore Landfill and toxic fumes coming off the landfill went down to Trenton yesterday in front of the New Jersey DEP office where they rioted in front of a new billboard the residents had just purchased.The billboard reads “The new ‘common sense’ solution to environmental protection”.
    A group of residents from Roxbury, New Jersey, who have been dealing with the Fenimore Landfill and toxic fumes coming off the landfill went down to Trenton yesterday in front of the New Jersey DEP office where they rioted in front of a new billboard the residents had just purchased.The billboard reads “The new ‘common sense’ solution to environmental protection”.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Falling debris from Midtown building

    Falling debris from Midtown building

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:52:15 GMT

    Emergency personnel are responding to falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan. West 57th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues is closed. SkyFoxHD was overhead where pieces of glass could be seen on the ground and a window shattered. Two people were hit by the falling glass at about 8:45 a.m. and were taken to Roosevelt Hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

    Emergency personnel are responding to falling debris from a high-rise building in Midtown Manhattan. West 57th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues is closed. SkyFoxHD was overhead where pieces of glass could be seen on the ground and a window shattered. Two people were hit by the falling glass at about 8:45 a.m. and were taken to Roosevelt Hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

  • Arrest in attack on teen in elevator

    Arrest in attack on teen in elevator

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-31 13:24:13 GMT
    Two thugs were caught on security camera footage beating a teenager and stealing from her inside an apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.  The NYPD says the attackers are seen dragging the 18-year-old out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her.
    Police have arrested one of two suspects wanted in the brutal attack of a teenager inside her apartment building in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. The thugs were caught on security camera footage beating the 18-year-old at about 9:34 on Sunday night. The attackers are seen dragging the girl out of an elevator into the hallway and punching and kicking her. Tyler Hopping, 18, was arrested on Wednesday.
  • Dad delivers baby into toilet

    Dad delivers baby into toilet

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 12:30:58 GMT
    A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
    A Connecticut father proudly helped deliver his own baby... into a toilet.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices