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NJT makes official announcement of start of Meadowlands rail service

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

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As I first posted two week ago, NJT rail service to the Meadowlands will begin on July 26, 2009. New Jersey Transit made the official announcement of this today.

An excerpt:

NJ TRANSIT ANNOUNCES OPENING DATE FOR NEW MEADOWLANDS RAIL SERVICE

Rail service to major Giants Stadium events begins July 26
July 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles today announced the official start date for rail service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which will provide a new, convenient travel option for customers via Hoboken Terminal or Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction.

Rail service to major events at Giants Stadium will launch Sunday, July 26, for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final championship soccer match.

“The startup of rail service to the Meadowlands Sports Complex is great news for New Jersey residents because it will be easier than ever to avoid roadway congestion and take our convenient public transportation system to world-class sporting and entertainment events,” said Governor Jon S. Corzine.

Though the official announcement was made today, NJT’s FYI monthly customer newsletter jumped the gun and announced it back in June.

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NJT Meadowlands Rail Service Begins July 26 2009

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

An article in The Star-Ledger has revealed that New Jersey Transit’s train service to the new station at the Meadowlands Sports Complex will begin on Sunday, July 26, 2009, for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final match.

In other interesting news contained in the same article, the New York Giants have a connection to the new movie “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”:

Lastly, the Giants invited us to a screening of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” at their practice facility this afternoon with about 40 of the players. The film, which comes out June 12, was co-produced by Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.

Meadowlands Rail Service Information on NJT Website

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Following last month’s release of Meadowlands Station rail service information by the MTA, New Jersey Transit has now posted information of its own.

As was also mentioned in recent news articles, the NJT webpage announces that service will begin in June 2009 for special events and that a season-long NJT travel pass called the “GAMEDAY PASS” will be available for $110. Additionally, NJT introduces us to the idea that Rail-GatingTM is the New Tail-Gating.

Source: BusChat

New escalators at Penn Station street entrance

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

New escalators under construction at Penn Station

New escalators under construction at Penn Station

At the Eighth Avenue / 31st Street entrance to Amtrak’s concourse at Penn Station, there exists two staircases and a single escalator. The escalator usually runs up in the AM rush (until 10 AM) and runs down at all other times. Though sometimes it runs in the wrong direction for the time period.

Well, that problem now seems to have a solution – one of the staircases and the single escalator are both behind a construction wall, with signage indicating that two new escalators are being constructed. So it seems that at completion, there will be full time up and down escalators at this entrance, and one staircase. If Amtrak can keep these new escalators in running condition, then this should be a welcome improvement to this entrance.

Meadowlands Rail Station coming along but when will it be done?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
Meadowlands Rail Station on March 10, 2009

Meadowlands Rail Station on March 10, 2009

I was at the New Meadowlands Stadium today, so I drove by the Meadowlands Rail Station to check on its progress. I’m not sure how to tell if it will be ready to open by this summer, so here are some photos for you to judge for yourself.

Meadowlands (Giants, Jets, and more) Train Service Details Revealed

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

The MTA has revealed a ton of details about the expected new rail service to the NJ Meadowlands Sports Complex starting later this year, for NFL NY Giants and NY Jets football games and other Sports Complex events.

Map of Rail Service to the Meadowlands

Map of Rail Service to the Meadowlands

First things first – New Jersey Transit fares:

  • Hoboken to Meadowlands Station = $5.75 per person (off-peak round-trip ticket)
  • Penn Station to Meadowlands Station = $7.75 per person (off-peak round-trip ticket) and $4.00 per person (one-way ticket).
  • Secaucus to Meadowlands Station = $5.00 per person (likely off-peak round trip)
  • Special NJT “game day pass” for season tickets

Number of New Jersey Transit trains per hour, and running times:

  • Three trains from Penn Station in the first 15 minutes of each hour to Secaucus Junction, and the ride is about 12 minutes. From Secaucus, after making the transfer, the ride to the Stadium is about 10 minutes.
  • Hoboken train runs about every 10 minutes to the Stadium. The trip from Hoboken to the Stadium is about 25 minutes.

Metro-North and NJ Transit “Train to the GameTM” – Direct service from the New Haven Line to the Secaucus Junction/Meadowlands for games that kick-off at 1 p.m on Sundays (beginning August 2009):

  • Pre-Game: Two inbound trains from New Haven to Secaucus and one inbound train from Stamford to Secaucus
  • Post-Game: Three outbound trains from Secaucus to New Haven
  • Schedule (PDF) – link may be gone soon
  • Updated Schedule (PDF)
  • Further Updated Schedule (PDF) – link is still live for now, grab it while you can, trust me, it’s good stuff
  • Current Schedule, Valid 9/20/09 thru 10/17/09 (PDF)this is the one you NEED, big changes from the last one
  • Fare: Combined ticket will likely cost your regular Metro-North fare to Grand Central Terminal plus the New Jersey Transit fare outlined above
  • Information learned from the thread at Railroad.net:
    • The train will actually be a regularly scheduled NJT train west of Penn Station
    • Train equipment will likely be NJT ALP44 or ALP46 electric locomotives and Comet Multilevel coaches
    • Metro-North and ConnDOT equipment can not be used as they can not handle the voltage changes, power delivery methods, and clearances along the entire route
    • The 32 minute eastbound hold at Penn Station that Train 3646 will experience is due to a lack of slots through the East River Tunnelluckily this wait has been scheduled out of the schedule

Yes, girls in pajamas at Penn Station until 7:00 PM today

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

As promised by NJ TRANSIT and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, there *were* girls in pajamas!

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And guys in pajamas.

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They were handing out candy and brochures promoting the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package.

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I could really feel the love from the “PJ Love Patrol”. And here are the photos to prove it.


The grab and go…

NJT makes move to replace Arrow III rail cars

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Photos: NJT Arrow III cars at Princeton Junction, 12/31/2000

New Jersey Transit has announced a desire to replace their fleet of Arrow III electric multiple unit (EMU) rail cars. The media reports than an RFP has been issued, but I see no evidence of it on the NJT website. NJT also stated a desire to have more EMU sets running on local routes. Today, locomotive-hauled train sets cover some or many local runs.

NJ Transit officials have put out requests for proposals to replace the aging cars with similar cars that are powered by motors in each car instead of being hauled by a locomotive, said Richard Sarles, NJ Transit executive director.

Electric-Multiple Unit cars (EMUs) are better for high-density rail lines with more stops, Sarles said.

“Certain areas need quick acceleration,” Sarles said.

I hope these new EMU cars incorporate at least two elements of SEPTA’s new “Silverliner V” EMU cars:

  1. the railfan window
  2. the railfan window seat

Here’s a Railway Age article from June 2006 that discusses the specs being drawn up for the Arrow III replacements, the Arrow IV, and related dual-mode multiple unit (DMMU) cars.

NJT’s 230 Arrow III electric multiple-units will be replaced with the Arrow IV. A sister vehicle to the Arrow IV will be a “DMMU” (dual-mode multiple unit), which will use the same basic architecture (carbody, trucks, propulsion control, a.c. traction motors, HVAC, door controls, cabs, etc.) as the EMU and share a common “A” car. Both vehicles will be configured as married pairs–the EMU as an A-B set, the DMMU as an A-D (for “diesel”) set. The EMU will have all 8 axles powered; its “B” car will carry pantographs, transformers, and other electrical gear. The DMMU’s “D” car will carry two diesel engine/generator sets but its axles will be non-powered.

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Girls in pajamas at Penn Station at 3:00 PM

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

That’s my guess based on the available info. See below:

NJ TRANSIT and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation are partnering to promote the ease of traveling between Philadelphia and New York—via NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA.

NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA recently introduced joint-ticketing options that enable customers to purchase NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA tickets in a single transaction.

To highlight the joint ticket, today, February 10, a pajama-clad street team known as the “PJ Love Patrol” will be on hand in New York Penn Station from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) promotion of the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package.

Photos to be posted later…?

Two articles from one month ago

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to blog these two articles, and now on their one-month anniversary, I am finally getting around to it.

  • New express/luxury train from New York City to Atlantic City
  • Alternate side of the street parking being made a little easier in Riverdale