Editor's Note: The following information was submitted to Patch by NJ TRANSIT.
Football fans attending the NFL’s opening game — New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys — today, Sept. 5 can avoid the hassles of traffic, tolls and parking by taking advantage of NJ TRANSIT’s Meadowlands Rail Line service to MetLife Stadium.
The Meadowlands Rail Line connects to the Meadowlands Sports Complex from 11 of 12 NJ TRANSIT rail lines, with service from New York and New Jersey via connections at Hoboken Terminal and Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction.
Today, rail service to MetLife Stadium will begin at 3:50 p.m. from Hoboken and 4 p.m. from Secaucus. The final Meadowlands-bound train will depart Hoboken at 9 p.m. and Secaucus at 9:10 p.m. The last train after the game from the Meadowlands Sports Complex to Secaucus and Hoboken will not depart Meadowlands Rail Station any earlier then 12:40 a.m.
NJ TRANSIT is advising its regular rail customers to expect additional crowds onboard trains and at stations, and to listen for possible track changes at Secaucus Junction.
For specific trip times, train connections and return trips, visit njtransit.com/meadowlands and use the online Trip Planner.
Spectators traveling from New York to MetLife Stadium via the Meadowlands Rail Line can purchase and print special train tickets online in advance—right from the convenience of their own homes. NJ TRANSIT’s online ticketing option allows customers to purchase round-trip adult tickets from New York Penn Station to the Meadowlands Sport Complex only. Up to eight tickets may be purchased in one transaction.
To purchase Meadowlands Rail Line round-trip tickets online, visit njtransit.com and go to “Ticket Options,” then click “Meadowlands Ticketing,” and simply follow the easy steps below:
- From the drop-down menus, select your event and the number of tickets you wish to purchase.
- Enter passengers’ first and last names, then click “Proceed to Checkout.”
- Enter your email address and billing information (select “Yes” to agree to Terms and Conditions).
- Click “Place Order” and click the link to print your tickets.
Customers will need to have their printed tickets available for a visual inspection by train crews onboard the train between New York Penn Station and Secaucus Junction. In addition, tickets feature a 2D barcode that customers will scan at special readers to pass through the fare gates at Secaucus Junction. Web tickets are valid only for the specific event selected.
NJ TRANSIT is offering the following travel tips to Wednesday’s game:
- Purchase round-trip tickets in advance from any NJ TRANSIT rail ticket vending machine or ticket window. Select “Meadowlands Sports Complex” as your destination. New York customers may purchase their tickets online at njtransit.com.
- Customers connecting from Northeast Corridor or North Jersey Coast Line trains must use their ticket to pass through the fare gates at Secaucus Junction. Each ticket will open the fare gate one time.
- Trains to the Meadowlands depart from the lower level.
- Plan your trip online at njtransit.com/meadowlands to get information on connecting trains at Secaucus Junction or Hoboken Terminal, specific fares and parking at stations.
- For evening games, we encourage customers to plan ahead for the return trip—make sure to note your last train departure, especially if you are connecting at Secaucus.
- New York customers may wish to consider traveling via PATH to Hoboken Terminal, where they can get a one-seat ride to the Meadowlands.
For schedule and fare information, visit njtransit.com or call 973-275-5555.
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 260 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the second largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 61 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.