By Desirée Taylor
The countdown is on to the Super Bowl. With kickoff less than two months away, organizers and transit officials from both sides of the Hudson River want to ensure fans they’ve got a game plan to help them get to MetLife Stadium.
“We’re calling this the first mass transit Super Bowl because we want people to take advantage of our transit assets as a way to get around,” said Al Kelly of the Super Bowl Host Committee.
Getting around MetLife Stadium won’t be easy because parking will be limited and there will be tight security restrictions. That’s why officials are pushing mass transit as the best option. And they’re offering special travel passes to sweeten the deal.
“It’s called Fan Express. It is a couch bus system. It’s a pre-ticketed program that will feature direct express service from nine locations in New York City and New Jersey,” said Kelly.
“Our Super Pass is convenient and the most effective option for travel during Super Bowl week. It is available to everyone and it will be valid on all our modes of transportation,” said James Weinstein of NJ Transit.
All of the participating transit agencies say they’ll provide more frequent service and faster connections. Ongoing construction will cease game week. And if Mother Nature packs a punch, DOT officials they’ll get the roads clear.
“Our primary focus at NJDOT and sister agencies will be to keep vehicles on the move, roads and bridges leading to event locations are free of snow and ice and disabled vehicles,” said James Simpson of NJDOT.
Organizers say they’ve been training and preparing for this event for a long time and they’re ready.
“Everybody is worried about snow and I have been to enough Super Bowls to know that we are not going to have a problem,” said Robert “Woody” Johnson, Jets owner.
With so much planning and preparation underway to get fans to all of the Super Bowl events, the question is, what about regular transit customers? NJ Transit says not to worry — they’ve got you covered too. But you may want to leave a little early just in case.