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Amtrak, NJ Transit craft plan to ease Super Bowl travel

As part of Super Bowl XLVIII preparations, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit have reached an agreement for select Amtrak Northeast Regional and Keystone trains to stop at NJ Transit's Secaucus transfer station before and after the game, which will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Also, Amtrak has agreed to suspend all routine repair work in the Hudson River Tunnels during Super Bowl weekend, allowing for the two available tunnels to remain operational, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard has granted Amtrak's request to suspend all non-emergency opening requests from maritime traffic at the Portal Bridge in Newark on game day. The agreements will enhance Northeast Corridor service reliability between New York and New Jersey for people traveling to and from the event, Amtrak officials said.

NJ Transit will offer to Amtrak riders, who present a valid Super Bowl game ticket at Secaucus, a direct commuter-rail shuttle service to and from the stadium. Amtrak will have game-day volunteers staff Penn Station in New York City and the Secaucus station to guide people to their destinations.

"These travel options and other initiatives being implemented for this great event will make navigation to and from points on Amtrak's busiest and most widely used route easy and safe," said Mike Decataldo, general manager of the Northeast Corridor.

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