Officials: NJ Transit primed for increased ridership Super Bowl weekend

Ridership has already increased, and NJ Transit has sold more than 5,000 of its Super Passes that are good for Super Bowl week. (1/29/14)

NEWARK - New Jersey Transit officials say they are ready for the huge crush of people set to take the train to the Super Bowl this weekend, despite recent problems that plagued the system.

NJ Transit spokesperson John Durso says the agency has put personnel in place for the Super Bowl. They will wear their familiar yellow and guide passengers.

Durso says ridership has already increased, and NJ Transit has sold more than 5,000 of its Super Passes that are good for Super Bowl week. "These are unlimited ride passes that people can use on any form of NJ Transit Transportation," he says.

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Durso says volunteers are a critical part NJ Transit's plan for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Cynthia Hailey, one of hundreds of volunteers who will work Super Bowl Sunday, is a New Jersey native. She will be emblazoned in yellow with her NJ Transit scarf. "What I do here is direct people so they don't get lost getting to the Meadowlands,” she says.

A representative walked News 12 through the trip many passengers will take. From Manhattan, passengers will ride into Secaucus Station on NJ Transit. Once there, passengers will head to the platforms with the Meadowlands trains. All of them will be double decker, and platforms have been extended to handle capacity.

NJ Transit had wire problems Tuesday night and power issues Wednesday morning that both contributed to delays.

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