Report: NJ Transit Didn’t Do a Super Job in Handling Super Bowl Crowds

WNYC | August 12, 2014 | Transportation
Problems included squabbling among top NJ officials over how to manage situation and lack of adequate planning, consultant says

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NJ Transit’s problems dealing with crowds of stranded people who had to wait for hours to leave February’s Super Bowl game were worse than the agency let on, according to a report by a consultant hired by the agency – for $350,000.

The report zeroed in on poor crowd management and squabbling among key state officials over how to transport a crowd of commuters that far exceeded expectations.

While the report noted that NJ Transit ultimately moved all passengers safely and didn’t turn anyone away, one state senator said the report was too easy on the agency and that better planning could have prevented the delays.

Read and listen to the full report by Jorten Senah of WNYC, a partner of NJ Spotlight.