by Keith Laing, The Hill Newspaper
The reviews on Twitter of the performance of New Jersey Transit during the Super Bowl officials dubbed the first ever “transit bowl” are no better than the reviews of the lopsided game.
After the conclusion of a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos that saw Seattle win 43-8, Twitter members used the hashtag #transitbowl to vent about everything from crowded stations to malfunctioning trains.
“How about the @nfl fans that were stuck in Linden at 2:30am? #transitbowl,” read one such tweet from the account @NJT_Commuter, which describes itself as “angry on NJT.”
“@NJTRANSIT You sold the #SuperPass tickets, how can you be surprised by how many people used your services? #transitbowl,” another tweet from the account said.
New Jersey transit officials also used the hashtag to plead for patience, saying they carried 30,000 passengers after the game.
“We thank you for your patience as trains from @MLStadium to Secaucus are being loaded as safely & efficiently as possible #TransitBowl,” the agency tweeted.
“Each train from @MLStadium loads 1,500 fans, once full, train will return to Secaucus Jct & we can begin boarding next train #TransitBowl,” another NJ Transit tweet read. “At all times, 3 trains are at @MLStadium station. Trains are loaded one at a time, once full they return to SEC & we begin boarding the 2nd.”
New York and New Jersey officials strongly encouraged Super Bowl attendees to take public transportation to the game, citing convenience and a lack of parking near the stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Despite the Twitter complaints, New Jersey Transit officials proclaimed its Super Bowl Sunday operations a success.
“In the first ever #TransitBowl, we successfully & safely moved 4x as many fans as projected by NFL days before #SB48 (more than 33,000),” the agency tweeted. “Meadowlands Rail can move 12K fans an hr, during #TransitBowl we safely moved more than 33K fans in under 3hrs, crushing previous records.”