January 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM
WESTFIELD, NJ – On Friday, Jan. 17, NJ Transit began taking many of the multi-level (a.k.a. double-decker) trains off of the Raritan Valley Line to be used between Secaucus Junction and MetLife Stadium in preparation for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2. They are expected to be transferred back to the Raritan Valley line in early February.
Train stations affected are those between Newark Penn Station and points west to High Bridge. There will be a “combo of both single and multi-level trains operating,” said NJ Transit Spokeswoman, Nancy Snyder.
When the double-deckers are replaced with single-level trains, seating capacity won’t change.
“Instead of the six-car, multi-level train set, there will be eight single-level cars,” said Snyder. However, passengers should prepare for some delays and overcrowding, “not be because of combined train sets, [but] because of additional guests in the NJ/NY region,” said Snyder.
Not only might the big game cause delays, but also any local events that might be associated with it, she said.
“We do tell all of our customers to expect the larger crowds. Allow for extra travel time … and be flexible,” said Snyder.
NJ Transit has been keeping all lines of communication open for their customers, she told The Alternative Press. On Jan 16, representatives were out supplying information to passengers about what they can expect with the influx of people in the area.
“We’re dedicated to making sure our customers are informed of what might affect their travel plans around the time of the Super Bowl,” said Snyder.
To stay updated on service changes and to make preparations, NJ Transit has set up a dedicated webpage of information regarding the upcoming Super Bowl. There is also a FAQs link that answers service questions and provides travel tips.
Riders are also encouraged to sign up for alerts and access their Twitter feed at @NJTRANSIT.