The 10,000 football fans who take the train to Giants games at MetLife Stadium will have to find an alternate method of transportation Sunday afternoon.
NJ Transit will not run the popular trains from Secaucus and Hoboken to the stadium for the Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers game, deciding instead to focus efforts elsewhere on a transit system battered by Hurricane Sandy.
“The system is not in a position where it can support this,” NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said today.
The Meadowlands rail service, offered for a little over three years, is a favored way for many fans to get to the biggest MetLife Stadium events.
Since August, football fans and concert-goers traveling from New York Penn Station to the Meadowlands sports complex have been able to buy their train tickets online before heading to the events, allowing them to skip long lines at the train station.
A train trip to the stadium from Secaucus Junction (Exit 15X off the New Jersey Turnpike’s Eastern Spur) is only about 15 minutes, and some motorists from Jersey find it much more cost-effective to spend $20 to park at the station and $4.50 for the round-trip train ticket than to pay nearly twice as much for stadium parking passes.
But the damage from Sandy has hampered that portion of the rail service.
Hoboken Terminal was flooded, and most of the 10,000 fans who take the trains to the stadium start in New York City, Durso said. Some of the trains that would normally go to the stadium are “surrounded by water,” Durso noted.
In a more hopeful sign, NJ Transit today restored train service to New York on the Northeast Corridor Line between Trenton and New York Penn Station.
Fans looking to take mass transit to the Giants game this Sunday can still ride a bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (8th Avenue and 41st Street in Midtown Manhattan). Coach USA offers regular service to games and concerts on the 351 Meadowlands Express. Buses ($5 each way) will run regularly beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday from Gate 207 at the bus terminal, the bus company said.