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  • Super Bowl Blvd. is epicenter of festivities

    Super Bowl Blvd. is epicenter of festivities

    Saturday, February 1 2014 8:24 AM EST2014-02-01 13:24:06 GMT
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  • Super Bowl festivities in NJ

    Super Bowl festivities in NJ

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 2:11 PM EST2014-01-29 19:11:22 GMT
    No matter where you fall in the NY-NJ debate over how the Super Bowl should be billed, the fact remains parties celebrating the biggest game in professional football are happening in both places.  For those looking to celebrate in New Jersey, Good Day NY Traffic Reporter Ines Rosales is checking out several of the festivities. The pre-parties and day-of events are plenty.
    No matter where you fall in the NY-NJ debate over how the Super Bowl should be billed, the fact remains parties celebrating the biggest game in professional football are happening in both places.  For those looking to celebrate in New Jersey, Good Day NY Traffic Reporter Ines Rosales is checking out several of the festivities. The pre-parties and day-of events are plenty.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Commuters should be ready to pack their patience during Super Bowl week but there are steps you can take to make your life a little easier getting around town.

More than 400,000 visitors are expected to visit the area. Many have already arrived and are filling up the buses, subways, commuter rails, and roads.

The MTA, NJ Transit and PATH trains are adding service and special deals to help keep cars off of the roads.

The huge Super Bowl Boulevard area from Times Square to Herald Square is packed with people and is also contributing to traffic in  Midtown because of closed cross streets.

Mass transit agencies are adding extra service and volunteers at stations to provide travel help to visitors.

Super Bowl transportation plans:

NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee

•The Host Committee will offer the “Fan Express” coach bus system. The pre-ticketed program will feature direct non-stop express service to and from nine convenient pickup locations across New York City and New Jersey: in New York, Grand Central Station, Waldorf Astoria, Madison Square Park, Time Warner Center, 6th Ave. and Minetta Lane (near Washington Square Park), and Battery Place; in New Jersey, Harmon Meadows, Hanover Marriott, and Newark Liberty Airport Marriott Hotel. The “Fan Express” will travel through the express Lincoln Tunnel lanes managed by the Port Authority.

•The “Fan Express” coach bus will provide drop-off at Stadium entrances, leaving from each designated stop on every half hour and hour, between 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

•“Fan Express” tickets will cost $51 for game ticket holders only and are on sale now. More information is available at SBFanExpress.com.

•As part of an educational and awareness bid, the Host Committee will conduct proactive outreach to fans and expected travelers through a variety of marketing initiatives and PSAs. Once the final game contenders are determined, aggressive outreach will be made in each hometown market, including promotional campaigns and PSAs.

•Throughout the week, the Host Committee will also position volunteer “Ambassadors” to team-up with transit employees at transit hubs and centers throughout the region.

NJ TRANSIT

•NJ TRANSIT will offer a commemorative “Super Pass” that provides unlimited rides across the system between January 27 and February 3. The 8-day “Super Pass” will cost $50 and be available to the general public via online orders at njtransit.com/superbowl, from now until January 20. Guests will be able to use this pass for NJ TRANSIT rail transportation to the game at MetLife Stadium.

•During Super Bowl week, NJ TRANSIT will be enhancing service to further facilitate travel to key regional events. This will include additional trains operating to and from New York Penn Station during off-peak periods encompassing midday and the late evening. Further details on NJ TRANSIT’s Super Bowl week service plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

•On game day, NJ TRANSIT will operate with enhanced rail service from Penn Station New York, Newark Penn Station and Newark Liberty International Airport to Secaucus Junction, where customers can easily connect to direct rail service to MetLife Stadium. Game day service to MetLife will exclusively operate on 10-car, multi-level train sets to expand capacity. Further details on NJ TRANSIT’s game day service plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

Port Authority

•To help alleviate traffic congestion, additional lanes will be dedicated to traffic going into NJ before the game, and then will be dedicated to traffic going into NY after the game. For those coming from New York to New Jersey on game day, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will enhance its operations at the Lincoln Tunnel with four lanes; just after kick-off, these lanes will be open for those traveling into New York. There will also be dedicated approach lanes for those with priority access NFL placard on their vehicles. At the George Washington Bridge, new Variable Message Signs (VMS) will provide real-time travel information and special traffic advisories. Regular construction activity at the Port Authority river crossings that would affect travel to and from MetLife Stadium during the week of the Super Bowl will be suspended.

•The agency’s airports, particularly Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International and Teterboro, will be adding services to its operations. Increased Customer Care agents will greet visitors to the region and those flying into Newark Liberty can enter “Fan Zones” with live entertainment in the terminals. The Port Authority is letting private plane owners and private plane companies know they should sign up early for reservations to use the airports during Super Bowl week because airspace is limited.

•Additional Passenger Information Agents will be at all PATH stations throughout game week. PATH service will expand during off-peak hours and all lines will be in operation on Saturday. Super Bowl-branded Smart Cards will be available at PATH stations early January.

•Additional police officers, Office of Emergency Management personnel, operations and maintenance staff will be deployed at Port Authority crossings and major thoroughfares in New Jersey and New York, to ensure rapid incident response, active traffic management and readiness case of severe weather during Super Bowl week.

MTA

•The Long Island Rail Road will provide enhanced afternoon/evening inbound service Wednesday-Friday and 30-minute service on major branches during peak travel periods on the Saturday before the Game for Long Island residents visiting Super Bowl Blvd.

•On Metro-North Railroad’s East of Hudson lines, enhanced post-AM Peak inbound service, lengthened trains, and limited extra outbound late evening service will be provided Wednesday-Friday, and holiday shopping season-style supplemental trains will operate inbound and outbound on the Saturday before the Game.

•New York City Transit will operate rush-hour level service on the Grand Central-Times Square shuttle on the Saturday before the Game. On Game Day (midday), there will be 36 subway trains per hour providing access to Penn Station for game attendees traveling via NJ Transit.

•The MTA will make available one million commemorative Super Bowl-branded MetroCards (in four designs), available for purchase at MTA stations throughout all five boroughs of New York City.

•The MTA has also created a special Regional Transit Diagram showing all public transit connections between New York City and New Jersey, including transit links to MetLife Stadium, the Prudential Center in Newark and all Super Bowl Week events and venues.

Amtrak

•For Super Bowl weekend, Amtrak will suspend standard repair work in one of two tunnels to New York City, allowing for both tunnels to be open and operational. This critical step increases the number of trains and their ability to travel more frequently to and from the city.

•On Super Bowl Sunday, Select Amtrak Northeast Regional service will make stops at Secaucus Junction station.

New York Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Transportation

•The New York Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Transportation will work to make sure that guests are directed to the best routes, while keeping non-Super Bowl ticket holders off of the primary arteries, implement a roadway construction embargo, add directional signage and routing information to roadways, and prepare for emergency responses.

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