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Officials Stress Message to Take Mass Transit to Super Bowl

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Officials in New York and New Jersey are hoping that the message to take mass transit to the Super Bowl gets through to out-of-towners coming in for the big game. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

By subway, bus and train - that's how we roll.

Transit officials in New York and New Jersey can't stress that enough as they prepare to welcome more than 400,000 Super Bowl visitors who may not be so familiar with our way of going places.

"This is a mass transit town. Public transit, trains and buses, are how we get around," said Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesperson Aaron Donovan. "We have a lot of visitors from the rest of the country, where that may not be as prevalent."

The MTA, New Jersey Transit and the Port Authority have been preaching the mass transit gospel, with plans to increase service for the week leading up to the game and on Super Bowl Sunday.

Only 13,000 permit-only parking spaces will be available at the stadium, so forget driving. You can also catch the host committee's $51 Fan Express bus to the game from Grand Central, The Waldorf-Astoria, Madison Square Park, the Time Warner Center, Battery Place and Sixth Avenue at Minetta Lane.

"People will be taking trains and buses," said Michael Fedorko of the Port Authority. "People are not going to be coming here in cars."

If you do go off track, don't worry.

"We'll have people that are out in the field to let our visitors know where to go, how to get there," said Bill Smith of New Jersey Transit.

As for those who do need a map, there's the one seen at left from the MTA, which highlights mass transit options in the Super Bowl's host states and highlights MetLife Stadium, which has a New Jersey Transit station right outside the stadium gates.

Riders coming from Penn Station transfer at Secaucus for a quick double-decker ride to the Meadowlands, which officials say will see a major boost in train traffic on Super Bowl Sunday.

"Typically, we've run 8- to 10,000 people to events such as Jet and Giant games," Smith said. "For the Super Bowl, we're expecting about 12,000 people to be traveling on our trains to get to the stadium."

It's not as simple as just paying your fare. If you're thinking of taking the train to MetLife Stadium on game day, a train ticket alone isn't going to cut it. You're also going to need a ticket to the Super Bowl, and that will cost a lot more than a price of a ride. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP