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NJ TRANSIT EXPANDS MEADOWLANDS BUS LINK

Customers boarding at stations in New Jersey, Rockland and Orange counties can now access the Meadowlands via Secaucus Junction

October 8, 2008
Contact: Dan Stessel or Joe Dee (973) 491-7078

NEWARK, NJ — Accessing the Meadowlands from within the Garden State just got easier with NJ TRANSIT’s new Secaucus-Meadowlands special events bus service. NJ TRANSIT announced today that customers can buy combination rail/bus tickets from any ticket sales location and connect to the bus shuttle at Secaucus Junction for all events at the Meadowlands.

“Our new Secaucus-Meadowlands bus link is a great public transportation option for New Jersey residents and Upstate New Yorkers attending sporting events, concerts and other events at the complex,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles. “With the NFL Football season in full swing, fans throughout the state can avoid gridiron gridlock and take convenient NJ TRANSIT service to the games.”

Direct bus service between the Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT) in New York and the Meadowlands—the No. 351 bus—remains available for customers attending Giants and Jets home games, providing customers traveling from New York City with two transit options for accessing the stadium.

Historically, the 351 bus was the only transit option to the Meadowlands sports and entertainment complex because the PABT was the only facility that could handle the number of buses and customers traveling to a major event.

However, construction impacts, combined with ridership increases beyond a level that the PABT could accommodate, prompted NJ TRANSIT to introduce the new bus shuttle service linking Secaucus Junction Rail Station and the Meadowlands.

The Secaucus bus link operates for all Meadowlands special events— football, basketball and soccer games, as well as concerts and major horseracing events.

“Our message to Giants fans coming to Giants Stadium has been arrive early, car pool or use mass transit,” said New York Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon. “We appreciate NJ Transit’s continuing efforts to expand its services to make the game day experience a positive one.”

Special roundtrip transportation passes are available at all NJ TRANSIT ticket offices and ticket vending machines. The pass is valid for roundtrip rail transportation to and from Secaucus, as well as roundtrip bus transportation between Secaucus and the Meadowlands. Fares are based on boarding location. Alternatively, customers may use a weekly or monthly rail passes to travel to Secaucus, then purchase a $5 bus-only ticket upon arrival.

Customers using a Ticket Vending Machine should select “Meadowlands & Other Special Promotions” to purchase their one-day transportation pass.

A rail spur connecting Secaucus Junction with the Meadowlands is currently under construction and next year will replace the bus link, providing rail customers from New Jersey and New York with a convenient rail transfer at Secaucus Junction.

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