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PATH lines up for first mass transit Super Bowl

NEW YORK - The Port Authority is kicking off extra PATH service to help serve riders for the first mass transit Super Bowl, adding more frequent train service beginning the week before the February 2 championship game.

Volunteer customer service representatives also will join the ranks of PATH staff to help Super Bowl fans and regular users navigate their way through the system that links Hudson and Essex counties in New Jersey with Manhattan.

Additional PATH rail service in effect between Monday, January 27, and Monday, February 3, will help football fans get to a myriad of events related to Super Bowl XLVIII in both New York and New Jersey – including Media Day in Newark and Super Bowl Boulevard in midtown Manhattan – while keeping the system running efficiently for regular commuters.

PATH projects that as many as 300,000 passenger trips will be made on the system each weekday leading up to the Super Bowl, which represents a 20 percent increase over regular weekday ridership. The enhanced service will provide enough capacity to accommodate the additional demand.

“PATH wants to score its own touchdowns Super Bowl week by ensuring regular riders and visiting fans are able to reach their destinations as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Stephen Kingsberry, PATH’s director and general manager. “Although we have increased our train service to accommodate the extra ridership, we still encourage everyone to leave extra time and sign up for PATH Alerts to help ease their travel during the hectic activity of game week.”

Starting Monday, January 27, to Friday, January 31, frequencies on the Newark-WTC line during off-peak hours will be every 10 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes. This will particularly help fans wishing to attend the Tuesday, January 28, Super Bowl Media Day at the Prudential Center in downtown Newark, which is open to the public.

From Wednesday, January 29, to Friday, January 31, frequencies on the Journal Square-33rd St. and Hoboken-33rd St. lines during off-peak hours will be every 10 minutes, until midnight. These lines offer convenient ways to travel to and from several Super Bowl-related activities, including Super Bowl Boulevard, which stretches from 34th to 47th streets along Broadway. The PATH train will take riders to the 33rd Street station, just one block from the activities.

Extra service for commuters on the Newark-World Trade Center line also will be in place during the morning and evening rush-hour peak periods.

All week long, overnight train service will be increased on the Newark-World Trade Center and Journal Square-33rd via Hoboken lines, with frequencies every 10-to-15 minutes instead of every 35 minutes. All overnight and weekend construction activities will be cancelled.

On Saturday, February 1, service on all PATH lines will operate 10-minute service during the day and evening. Overnight, the Journal Square-33rd via Hoboken and the Newark to World Trade Center services will run with frequencies every 10 to15 minutes.

Although PATH lines do not run to the Meadowlands on Super Bowl game day, Sunday, February 2, extra trains will be on standby in case other transit systems experience difficulties to help move fans and others around the region.

Information about PATH service to various Super Bowl-related events and destinations will be available at every station.

Last week, PATH announced the launch of the limited edition Super Bowl PATH SmartLink cards available for purchase online,