Thursday, January 16, 2014

Amtrak adds its services to Super Bowl plans

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Amtrak has announced it will utilize New Jersey Transit's Secaucus Junction Station, located on its Northeast Corridor, to help deliver customers to and from Super Bowl XLVIII, being held at MetLife Stadium in nearly East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

"Through an agreement with its partners at New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit), select Amtrak Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains will be permitted to make special stops at NJ Transit's Secaucus, New Jersey, transfer station prior to and following the Super Bowl. Also, Amtrak will suspend all routine repair work in the Hudson River Tunnels for Super Bowl weekend, allowing for the two available tunnels to remain operational," Amtrak said Jan. 14.

"In addition, the United States Coast Guard has granted Amtrak's request to suspend all non-emergency opening requests from maritime traffic at the Portal Bridge in Newark, New Jersey, on the day of the game. Each of these measures will enhance the overall reliability of Northeast Corridor service between New York and New Jersey for those traveling to and from the game," Amtrak said.

Amtrak normally does not usually serve Secaucus Junction Station, despite efforts from New Jersey rail advocates to consider the market opportunities to tap NJ Transit customers using three rail lines traversing Bergen County, which holds roughly 10% of the Garden State's residents.

Amtrak passengers "presenting a valid Super Bowl game ticket at Secaucus" will be allowed on board NJ Transit's rail shuttle service linking Secaucus with MetLife Stadium. "Amtrak has also designated game day volunteers to staff Penn Station in New York and the Secaucus transfer station to guide passengers to their destinations and answer any questions they may have about getting to and from the stadium."