Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Giants Stadium rail link readied by NJ Transit

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New Jersey Transit Wednesday said it will debut rail service between Hoboken Terminal and Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., via Secaucus Junction, beginning Sunday, July 26, when the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final title soccer match is scheduled.

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A “J-hook” spur off NJT’s Pascack Valley Line, under construction for the past two years, will allow rail access to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, though NJT will restrict initial rail operations to eventsanticipating  50,000 fans or more. NJT will provide bus service from Secaucus Junction, served by nearly all NJT rail lines, for smaller events.

Trains will operate between Hoboken Terminal and the Meadowlands Sports Complex station approximately every 10 to 20 minutes, beginning 3 1/2hours before and up to two hours after events. The July 26 debut could allow NJT to iron out potential glitches in the service prior to September, when service will be provided for Sunday home games of both the NFL’s Giants and Jets.

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The new route also is expected to dovetail with plans to offer connecting rail service to and from a planned tristate train linking New Haven, Conn., and Secaucus Junction, via New York City, on the Northeast Corridor beginning in the fall of 2010.  MTA Metro-North train crews will operate the equipment from New Haven to New York Penn Station, while NJ Transit counterparts will handle the segments between Penn Station and Secaucus.