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Extra Transport for NY Giants Parade

Giants Players Celebrating Super Bowl WinOn Tuesday morning, extra buses and trains will be deployed to get fans to the big parade in celebration of the New York Giants’ win at Super Bowl XLVI (46). The extra services have been announced by both NJ Transit and Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). However, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) says five stations near the route will be closed to avoid overcrowding.

The traditional parade will start at 11am at Battery Place and Washington Street. It will go up the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway to Worth Street. Later, a ceremony will be held at City Hall Plaza, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will present the Key to the City to the Giants. The ceremony, however, isn’t open to the public.

NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said that they will be offering an extra bus service on 18 routes and have increased capacity on already scheduled trains. Customer service ambassadors will be located at Penn Station New York and Newark to assist riders in finding their way to the parade downtown.

PATH officials say that extra services will be operated on the Newark-to-World Trade Center and the Hoboken-to-World Trade Center routes between 9:30am and 3:30pm. On the Newark route, trains will run about every five minutes during midday, rather than every 15 minutes. On the Hoboken route, trains will operate every six minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Extra customer service representatives and Port Authority Police will be in the stations and at the World Trade Center Station to help passengers.

The extra bus services will mostly be on routes in Passaic and Bergen Hudson counties. The route 351 Meadowlands express service operated by Coach USA is due to run more trips to the MetLife stadium from the Port Authority Bus Terminal from 1pm. The stadium is holding a rally at 3pm. Aside from this, SeaStreak Ferry is adding another departure at 8:30am from Atlantic Highlands to Pier 11, while an 8:55am service is scheduled as well.

However, the MTA says that it will begin to stop subway trains at five stations by 10am. These include trains on the Chambers Street A and C lines; Fulton Street 4,5,A and C lines; City Hall R line, Wall Street 4 and 5 lines; and World Trade Center E line.

Despite this, the Metro-North Railroad will add extra trains and capacity for football fans in Connecticut who plan to attend the parade. Additional express trains on the New Haven Line will leave New Haven at 8:47am and stop at Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Stamford and Harlem at 125th Street before arriving at the Grand Central Terminal at 10:20am. A 3:23pm service has also been added from Grand Central to New Haven, with stops along the way.

Let’s hope that these services will run better than the New York Giants’ buses. One of the team’s four buses had engine problems last week as it carried them from downtown Indianapolis to the University of Indianapolis for a final practice before the Super Bowl. The NFL had a backup bus that was quickly sent to pick up the players and coaches to continue the journey.

Luckily, the practice was able to go on as scheduled, and it didn’t seem to hinder the team’s performance during the game on Sunday night. Whatever mistakes were made during the game weren’t because of the bus breaking down.




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