It’s being called the first “Mass Transit Super Bowl,” and this week, the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee revealed extensive public transportation plans for Super Bowl XLVIII, detailing how the region’s mass transit systems, including the MTA, will serve as a critical resource to support the movement of the hundreds of thousands of expected visitors to the area.
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For the big event, working closely with the Host Committee as well as NJ Transit, Amtrak, and NY Waterways, the MTA has designed a Regional Transit Diagram. It’s the first ever regional transportation map.
The diagram shows all interconnections between the regional transit services, and highlights with a football icon those areas where Super Bowl -related events will occur on both sides of the Hudson River. The diagram will appear on all transit provider web sites, as well as in Super Bowl web sites, guides, publications, mobile apps, and folding pocket maps to be distributed by the Host Committee. It was designed by Yoshiki Waterhouse of Vignelli Associates, the firm that designed the popular interactive diagram for The Weekender web site.
More than 400,000 visitors are expected to the region for game-related events, and about 80,000 will attend the game on Sunday, February 2. With public transportation serving a critical function during Super Bowl week, each involved transportation agency will play a role.
Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road, will provide additional trains during off-peak hours. Metro-North will implement its Holiday Service schedule. The MTA will offer a series of four commemorative Super Bowl-branded MetroCards, available for purchase at all MTA stations.
Collectively, during Super Bowl week, NJ Transit, PATH, and the MTA will provide more frequent rail service and faster connections to support expected visitors to Super Bowl Boulevard (located on Broadway, between 34th and 48th Streets), and other miscellaneous, high-profile events throughout the region. The transit agencies will each halt ongoing construction for an agency-specific timeframe during Super Bowl week and weekend [source].