Give Your Commute a "Time Out"
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. That may lure you into thinking that your normal commute and local roadways will be immune from the impact of the BIG GAME. Think again!
It’s estimated that over 400,000 people will attend game-related events and activities scheduled at multiple venues in New Jersey and New York for the entire week prior. Plus, one team will be training at the New York Jets' Headquarters in the heavily-trafficked Columbia Turnpike/Florham Park/Madison area of Morris County. Fans and on-lookers will be swirling around the nearby roads and numerous small aircraft will be utilizing the Morristown Airport just down the street. Get the picture?
- Local streets will be impacted as early as Monday, January 27th. Excess traffic and congestion is expected to be the heaviest on Friday January 31stand on Monday, February 3rd, the day after the BIG GAME. If you thought your normal commute was rough, think again!
So, what can you do? TransOptions is urging northwest New Jersey commuters and residents to give their regular driving routines a “time out” and offers these suggestions:
Ideally, telework. All week if possible. Or, at the very least on Friday, January 31stand on Monday, February 3rd , the day after the BIG GAME, when NJ TRANSIT is running on a limited schedule. You’ll thank us afterward!
- Can’t telework? Adjust your work schedule to arrive earlier and leave earlier to avoid anticipated traffic.
- Take transit. Check public transit schedules at NJ TRANSIT http://www.njtransit.com for bus and train routes that service your destination.
- Get the commemorative Super Pass from NJ TRANSIT
For $50, a “Super Pass” is available for unlimited rides across all modes of our system – rail, bus and light rail throughout BIG GAME week between Monday, January 27th and Monday, February 3rd.
- During Super Bowl week, NJ TRANSIT will run additional trains to and from Penn Station during off-peak periods in midday and late evening.
- Casual Carpool. Ask a co-worker or relative with a similar commute to share a ride. At least you’ll have company in the car while waiting in traffic.
- Trip Chain. Consolidate your driving stops and errands during BIG GAME week and plan your route; if possible, schedule errands and appointments for the week prior or following.
For traffic and updates, links to transit schedules, locations of Park & Ride lots and commuter resources, visit us at: http://www.TransOptions.org, call (973)267-7600, email info@TransOptions.org or on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to check out our Super Bowl transportation page at TransOptions.org/superbowl.