NJ Transit riders concerned about Super Bowl after second disabled train

Tim Fleischer reports on the concerns from commuters this Super Bowl week
January 29, 2014 2:35:24 PM PST
A second batch of New Jersey Transit commuters had a rough commute after a power problem stranded hundreds of passengers as the commuter line prepares to handle Super Bowl fans.

"It's going to be incredible, a great day, can't wait to do it," said Brian Shaw, a football fan.

Brian Shaw and Erik Davidson are heading to enjoy the Super Bowl Boulevard in Midtown, and like many others expected to attend are taking NJ Transit trains.

"This is my go-to way to get into the city. It's always worked out good. I'm expecting them have it figured out now," Davidson said.

But after two separate power incidents left NJ Transit riders stranded for a period of time, other riders are now left wondering.

"Of course it's going to be backed up, it's the Super Bowl," said Nancy Glassman, a NJ Transit commuter.

One train heading into New York late Tuesday night came to a sudden stop encountering a downed power line and stranding two dozen riders for nearly four hours in the tunnel.

Wednesday morning, a Midtown direct from Dover with 800 commuters on board lost power and had to be towed to Hoboken.

"We thank our customers for their patience, last night as well as this morning. And we are ready for the Super Bowl," said Nancy Snyder, Director of Media Relations, NJ Transit.

More trains are being added to accommodate many more riders who are expected to take trains to the pre-game festivities. Railroad officials say the system is prepared.

"Enhanced service on the rail system and the bus service, as well as light rail, to help our customers and support Super Bowl related events as well as Super Bowl Sunday," Snyder said.

As many as 12,000 are also expected to take the train to the Meadowlands in what some refer to as the first "Mass Transit Super Bowl."

"I don't think it's ready for that type of traffic. That extra line that connects to the Meadowlands is new. I don't think they are ready for it at all," Tom Kurtovic, a NJ Transit commuter.

"Allot for some extra time. Purchase a round trip ticket and take advantage of technology," Snyder said.

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