Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ride the Rails If You're Bound for Metlife

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ride the Rails If You're Bound for Metlife

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If you have tickets to the Super Bowl, but haven't yet figured out how you're going to get there, chances are it will be by train.

The Fan Express -- a coach bus that will shuttle ticket holders from nine pickup points in New Jersey and New York directly to MetLife Stadium on game day -- is sold out.

The National Football League, major sponsors and other private corporations will be running buses to the stadium in East Rutherford, too, but those reserved seats are also full. And with tight security around the stadium, there will be no public bus service to the game from NJ Transit or any other bus service.

Driving to MetLife is not an option, either, unless you already have a prepaid parking pass. Nor can you have someone drop you off outside the parking lot gates so you could simply walk in; even ticket holders will be unable to enter the area unless they come on public transportation, on the special buses or by car with a parking permit.

That leaves NJ Transit's rail service from Secaucus Junction for fans to get to the game. NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said the agency expects as many as 12,000 Broncos and Seahawks fans to use the train on game day.

"At this point, if you do not have a reservation on a bus or a seat on a bus or a parking permit, you have to take the train," said Alice McGillion, a spokeswoman for the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host committee.

Secaucus Junction, officially known as the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station, is accessible from the New Jersey Turnpike, but the best bet may be taking another NJ Transit train to get there, because parking in a nearby private lot is expected to fill up fast.

Trains will begin running directly from Secaucus Junction to MetLife Stadium at 1:41 p.m. on Sunday and will run continuously until 7:43 p.m. Durso said he anticipates "the crowds will only continue to grow as we approach kickoff" -- which will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Trains from MetLife to Secaucus Junction will run from 2:40 p.m. Sunday until 1 a.m. Monday, said Durso.

There is still time to buy an NJ Transit commemorative Super Bowl Super Pass for $50. It allows for unlimited travel on all NJ Transit bus, train and light-rail systems through Monday, including travel between Secaucus and MetLife. …

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