Super Bowl XLVIII and Carpooling

By Tim Grzesiakowski

In a recent interview in Complex, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning admitted to carpooling:

“Me and [Eric] Decker and [Jacob] Tamme carpool together—drive from the hotel to the stadium,” the article quotes Manning as saying. “We’ve done that for the past two years.”

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Denver Broncos will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48, held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events of the year. And this year, fans are encouraged to take a page from Manning’s book and carpool—or even take mass transit. According to New Jersey Transit’s website, Super Bowl 48 is being billed as the “First Mass Transit Super Bowl.”

It’s a year for firsts. This is also the first time that a Super Bowl is being held in the New York City metropolitan area, and the first time it is being held in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather climate.

MetLife Stadium is 15 miles from Manhattan and seats 82,500 people. But Super Bowl attendees are being discouraged from driving to the game. Parking at MetLife Stadium will be limited to less than 13,000 parking spaces, with permits beginning at $150. Tailgating activities will also be curtailed, requiring guests to keep their cars parked in their permitted parking spaces if they plan on eating or drinking in or near them.

To compensate for the parking predicament, New Jersey Transit will be offering a variety of train and bus services to transport fans to the game. These include the “Fan Express”, a network of coach buses organized by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Tickets cost $51, and will pick up fans at six Manhattan and three New Jersey locations.

New Jersey Transit will also operate Meadowland Rail Service from MetLife Stadium to Secaucus Junction in New Jersey, with connections to New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, and Newark Liberty International Airport. They will be selling a $50 “Super Pass” for unlimited train rides from Monday, Jan. 27, through Monday, Feb. 3.

In Manhattan, Super Bowl Boulevard will be set up on Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets, and New Jersey Transit also offers service to Penn Station or the Port Authority Bus Terminal for attendees, as well as New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Information about fares and service are available at New Jersey Transit’s website.

All of these measures mean plenty of fans will be carpooling or taking mass transit to the biggest football event of the year. And how about Manning, Decker and Tamme? Will they keep up their routine for Super Bowl XLVIII?

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