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N.J., NFL Investigate Super Bowl Transit Logjam That Left Fans Stranded For Hours
Published February 4, 2014
HE SAID, HE SAID: Grubman said that "if the Super Bowl were to return to New Jersey, the league would be more prepared." He added of the transportation snafu, "If you look at the big picture of the New York-New Jersey presentation, I think it is one part of a very big picture that was terrific" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/4). NJ Transit Exec Dir James Weinstein said, "I think we did an excellent job moving a lot of people to a major event. When 82,500 people leave a place at the same time there’s going be congestion. There was, and we got through that congestion in what I believe was a realistic time." The AP's David Porter notes the host committee "also ran buses from nine locations" (AP, 2/4). Kelly: "It is not a Host Committee matter, but we care about the entire experience and I think some people were frustrated and I feel badly for people who were frustrated" (NEWSDAY, 2/4). N.J. DOT Commissioner Jim Simpson, who also serves as NJ Transit Chair, said that the agency "was never prepared to handle 33,000 people." He added, "The management of NJ Transit and the NFL never dreamed they would have to move 33,000 people out of the stadium. Somebody blew the estimates" (Bergen RECORD, 2/4).
DEAL BREAKER? In N.Y., Gary Myers writes Grubman's presence yesterday at the wrap-up press conference "could be an ominous sign for New York’s chances when it bids for its second Super Bowl." The transportation situation "sticks a big demerit on the report card of the first venture" of a N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/4). Also in N.Y., Matt Flegenheimer notes for months, organizers "coaxed fans to ride the rails." On Sunday, "the people listened. A little too well." However, delays "almost certainly could have been worse." Weinstein said, "It’s not Star Trek. You can’t beam people from one place to the other" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/4). In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch writes the region’s chances of getting another Super Bowl "anytime soon don’t appear to be strong" (N.Y. POST, 2/4).
MAKING HEADLINES: Several papers this morning ran with the train delay story. A N.Y. TIMES header read, "A Waiting Game After The Super Bowl: Hours In Line For The Train.” The N.Y. DAILY NEWS headline read: "Super Bowl Screw Up." The N.Y. POST: "NJ Transit Defends Post-Super Bowl Train Delays." The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: "Surviving The Super Bowl's Transit Logjam." The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: "Super Bowl Transit Mess: Bay Area Faces Similar Challenge For 2016 Game" (THE DAILY).