LIRR to offer joint ticket to Meadowlands Sports Complex Rail Station

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You can now buy and use a single train ticket to ride from stations on the Long Island Rail Road all the way to the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey, home of Giants Stadium, a new football stadium to be named later, and the Izod Center (as well as the Meadowlands Racetrack and the unfinished Xanadu).

But be careful – even though New Jersey Transit will be running trains to the Meadowlands for events other than Giants and Jets football games, the LIRR thru-tickets are only “officially” valid for football game days. This may have something to do with the fact that, as the LIRR notes, you must show your rail ticket at the fare gates at Secaucus Junction, instead of feeding it through the turnstile, since the LIRR ticket stock does not have the magnetic stripe like the NJT ticket stock.

Read all about this LIRR/NJT joint ticketing initiative here: http://mta.info/lirr/pubs/TrainToTheGame/. That LIRR web page even features a nifty diagram of part of Penn Station, to help people make the LIRR -> NJT transfer. The other part of the graphic is an extremely simple route diagram of the rail service. You can see them below:

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Oh, and Metro-North is doing the same thing. Even though they are running direct trains from the New Haven line to Secaucus Junction on the days of Sunday 1 PM games, you can also buy a joint ticket from any Metro-North station that you can use to get all the way to the Meadowlands. You will of course need to get from Grand Central Terminal to Penn Station New York in order to board a New Jersey Transit train to Secaucus. The brochure linked to in my recent post on this topic explains things in much much greater detail.

P.S. And no, you can’t buy an LIRR ticket from Penn Station New York to the Meadowlands. I know, because I tried it this evening. Would have been (pointlessly) cool though, in a railfanning kind of way.

Update: Here’s a good Newsday article on the topic of the joint-ticketing.

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5 Responses to “LIRR to offer joint ticket to Meadowlands Sports Complex Rail Station”

  1. […] press release, meant to announce the beginning of both LIRR/MNCR+NJT joint-ticketing to the Meadowlands and direct Metro-North New Haven line service to Secaucus, is only successful with the former. […]

  2. George says:

    That’s great, but football fans on the whole are a dumb bunch, and this will be too confusing for them to figure out. Most will still drive.

  3. brian says:

    George,

    You are right and you are wrong. You’re right that most will still drive. Duh. The train service can only handle about 10,000 people. If 40,000 or 60,000 or 80,000 show up for a game, then the majority HAVE to drive. So you’re obviously wrong about the reason why. It’s not because they are dumb. In fact, they are pretty smart. Thousands of them already use the Route 351 bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The addition of the rail service will only increase the overall public transit market share.

  4. Regina Fitz says:

    Is there a map that shows precisely where the new Meadowlands train station is relative to the current stadium? It seems much further a walk, but it’s hard to tell. I have respiratory problems, and the bus that leaves you near Gate D might be better for me, but I can’t tell because the maps I found are too general.

  5. brian says:

    Regina wrote:
    Is there a map that shows precisely where the new Meadowlands train station is relative to the current stadium? It seems much further a walk, but it’s hard to tell. I have respiratory problems, and the bus that leaves you near Gate D might be better for me, but I can’t tell because the maps I found are too general.

    Yes, take a look at the graphic on this webpage: http://www.giants.com/Train%20to%20Game.asp

    That graphic is accurate. It is VERY close to the old stadium as well. Like a 1 minute walk.

    The bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal no longer leaves you near Gate D. It leaves you further away. About twice as far away. The train station is much closer.

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