EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Mass Transit Super Bowl is in the process of dealing with a mass delay.
The weather isn’t the issue, but getting to the game doesn’t appear to be going as smoothly as the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee had hoped when it asked fans to arrive by bus or train if possible.
Reporter Matt Ehalt already encountered lines at the Secaucus junction at 1:30 in the afternoon, which was already a half-hour before fans would be let into the MetLife Stadium security perimeter. “Packed house right now,” Ehalt said, although the trip to the stadium was short once he got onto the train.
In the hours since, more and more fans have been tweeting photos of growing lines and complaining of heat in the crowded conditions. Other outlets have reported that the wait for a train has been extended to an hour and a half.
There isn’t an alternative. Fans aren’t able to walk to the game, parking passes are sold out and the Fan Express bus has been sold out.
Last week, host committee CEO Al Kelly said they were prepared for some glitches.
“We believe we’re ready and we’ve got good, solid plans in place all over the place,” Kelly said. “We certainly expect along the way a little challenge, here or there, will pop us and I think we have enough contingency plans.”
He said they had added to the scheduled services to accommodate the volume.
Fan Express buses seem to be arriving more regularly, although rider Kevin Jackson said there was some confusion to start the day when the Columbus Circle pickup spot was moved by a block.
In New York City, traffic along some routes, for example Ninth Avenue, was shut down in order to accommodate early media buses.
The train situation bears watching, and it’s worth noting that all these fans have to get home via train, as well.