NJTransit: A Successful Mass Transit Super Bowl
by Jersey Mike
On Super Sunday, thousands of satisfied fans were able to arrive and leave the MetLife stadium at record time. NJTransit, which had spent months preparing for Super Bowl 48, touted their high ridership numbers as a key indicator of success in playing part to the first “Mass Transit Super Bowl” of its kind.
“This..set an all-time record for ridership, which was previously 22,000 for (the) September 2009 U2 concert,” said NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr.
The crowds was in surprisingly good spirits, and they continued the Seahawks and Broncos chanting that had started on the train. Many fans were impressed by the large number of trains and mass transit networks.
“We live in the country,” a Broncos fan said. “We have cars — we don’t use subways or anything like that.”
Surprisingly, despite angry rumors of people fainting, NJTransit assured us that there are no incidents of people fainting or being addressed by local EMT services.
NJTransit said the crowds were being orderly and passengers were being moved out in a “safe and efficient” manner. Dozens of buses were later brought in to help shuffle fans out of the area and ease the congestion.
Thanks to NJTransit, New Jersey and many football fans were able to enjoy a green and safe “Mass Transit Super Bowl.”
“The number of people moved, not only on game day, but in and around New York City, the number of people moved to multiple events, in and out, I think that’s an extraordinary achievement,” said Eric Grubman, the league’s executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations.
Grubman added that NJTransit successfully moved 30,000 people from the venue in a way that was safe and designed to be easy.
Once again, NJTransit has shown the rest of the country how a “Jersey Strong” mass transit system can benefit the state and the entire country.