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GOVERNOR CORZINE LAUNCHES RAIL SERVICE TO THE MEADOWLANDS
New rail line and fan-friendly service provide a great option for attending events at the Meadowlands Sports Complex
July 20, 2009
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Governor Jon S. Corzine inaugurated new rail service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex today, launching an era of travel convenience for the millions of New Jersey residents and visitors who attend year-round events at the Meadowlands.
Dozens of officials and guests, including players from the New York Jets and New York Giants, joined the Governor for the train ride, which originated in Hoboken and finished with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Meadowlands Station.
What fans need to know
- Purchase round-trip tickets in advance
- The new line operates between Hoboken Terminal and Meadowlands Station for major Meadowlands events, making one stop at Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction
- Service operates every 10-20 minutes between Secaucus Junction and Meadowlands Station before and after events
- Go to www.njtransit.com for information on connecting trains at Secaucus Junction
“NJ TRANSIT rail service, with its ability to move thousands of people in a safe and efficient manner, is a natural fit for one of New Jersey’s premiere spectator sport and concert locations,” Governor Corzine said. “This line will play an increasingly important role in the development of green transportation practices by helping fans avoid traffic congestion, resulting in fewer cars on our roadways and reduced emissions.”
The new line gives customers statewide rail access to the Meadowlands from 11 of 12 NJ TRANSIT rail lines. Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction, the new line’s only stop between Hoboken and the Meadowlands, provides the connection.
“Excellent public transportation service is a hallmark of world-class sporting and entertainment facilities, so this new rail service helps cement the Meadowlands’ status as a world-class destination for spectator sports and other major events,” said Dennis Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority.
“This new public transportation mode for the Meadowlands complements existing bus service from New Jersey and New York locations, and will help thousands of additional fans to choose NJ TRANSIT as their preferred way to get to games and other events,” said NJ TRANSIT Chairman and Transportation Commissioner Stephen Dilts.
Train service will operate frequently, approximately every 10-20 minutes between Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction and Meadowlands Station, both before and after major events expected to draw 50,000 or more spectators. These events include all Jets and Giants pre-season and regular season home games, major concerts at Giants Stadium, and Gold Cup soccer. NJ TRANSIT will be able to accommodate about 10,000 customers traveling to and from an event on the new rail line.
“This new line is a perfect example of NJ TRANSIT supporting economic development by providing residents and visitors alike access to great New Jersey entertainment and recreational destinations,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.
“This rail service is great news for all of our faithful fans throughout the entire tri-state region, whether they’ve been making the trip to the Meadowlands from other parts of New Jersey, or from New York, Long Island or Connecticut,” said New York Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Now they’ve all got another option.”
“This train service complements our vigorous efforts to improve the fan experience here at the stadium,” said New York Giants co-owner John Mara. “This new line gives our fans in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut more ways to get to our games and back home in a comfortable, hassle-free manner.”
“Hoboken Terminal is a landmark in the city that functions magnificently as a multi-modal transportation hub, so we are delighted that this new NJ TRANSIT rail line starts here, providing our residents and people from throughout the region with direct rail access to the Meadowlands,” said Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano.
“The Borough Council and I created a “Green Team” in January that encourages residents to help us create environmentally friendly initiatives,” said East Rutherford Mayor James L. Cassella. “This new rail line, which will take cars off the roads and improve the air we breathe, is a great way to promote our efforts.”
The line and station are the centerpieces of a $213 million Meadowlands Railroad and Roadway Improvement Project funded by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, NJ TRANSIT and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
The new line consists of two new tracks, each about 2.5 miles long. Each set of tracks connects to NJ TRANSIT’s Pascack Valley Line near the Meadowlands. Service will begin about 3.5 hours before a game or event and continue for about two hours after the conclusion of the event.
Starting in September, Connecticut residents will access the new line under a pilot program with Metro-North Railroad. As previously announced, Metro-North crews will operate NJ TRANSIT equipment into New York Penn Station for service to and from 1 p.m. home football games. From New York, NJ TRANSIT crews will operate the trains via Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction, where football fans will transfer to the Meadowlands trains.
Existing bus service on the 351 line from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York will continue to operate to all Jets and Giants home games, providing additional transit capacity. For smaller events, trains will not operate to the Meadowlands, but bus shuttles will operate between Secaucus Junction and the Meadowlands.
The new rail line will serve customers for the first time on Sunday, July 26, when
Giants Stadium hosts the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup Final championship soccer match.
Customers are urged to purchase round-trip tickets to Meadowlands Station in advance from their station of origin at ticket vending machines or from a ticket agent. Visit www.njtransit.com or call customer service, 973-275-5555 for more information.
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