NJ Transit chief defends his agency’s handling of 30,000 riders as ‘excellent job’

The head of New Jersey Transit is defending the agency’s response to a huge bottleneck that left thousands of fans waiting for trains for hours after the Super Bowl.

More than 30,000 people rode trains between MetLife Stadium and Secaucus Junction. That’s double the highest estimates made by organizers before the game. The crowds were stuck on train platforms at the stadium.

NJ Transit executive director James Weinstein says the agency did “an excellent job” moving the crowds, though he says the delays weren’t optimal. Weinstein says roughly 30 buses deployed by NJ Transit as a contingency measure took about 2,000 fans back to Secaucus.

NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman said Monday the lesson for next time is to give as much attention to transportation scenarios as to weather scenarios.

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