EAST RUTHERFORD—Earlier this week, state officials inaugurated new rail service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Dozens of officials and guests, including players from the New York Jets and New York Giants, joined Gov. Jon Corzine for the train ride, which originated in Hoboken and finished with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Meadowlands Station.
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.
“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 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.”
“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.
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 njtransit.com or call customer service, 973-275-5555 for more information.
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