Wednesday, July 08, 2009

NJ Transit to offer Giants Stadium rail link for large events

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New Jersey Transit said July 9 it will debut rail service between Hoboken Terminaland Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., via Secaucus Junction, beginning Sunday, July 26, 2009, when the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final title soccer match is scheduled.

A “J-hook” spur off NJT’s Pascack Valley Line, underconstruction 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 stations approximately every 10 to 20 minutes, beginning 3 1/2 hours before and up to two hours after events. The July 26 debut could allow NJT to iron out glitches in the service prior to September, when service will be provided for home games by both the NFL’s Giants and Jets.

The new service also is expected to dovetail with plans to offer connecting rail service to and from a planned tristate rail service linking New Haven, Conn., and Secaucus Junction, west of Manhattan, on the Northeast Corridor beginning in the fall of 2010.  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.