Meadowlands Sports Complex, or Meadowlands, is a New Jersey Transit train station that is the western terminus for the Meadowlands Rail Line located at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
|Location||50 State Route 120|
East Rutherford, New Jersey
|Owned by||New Jersey Transit|
|Platforms||2 (1 island platform, 1 side platform)|
|Opened||July 26, 2009|
|Passengers (Q1 FY2013)||195,711|
The station is situated equidistant between Meadowlands Racetrack, American Dream Meadowlands (a commercial and entertainment complex scheduled to open on October 25 2019), and MetLife Stadium to which there is a direct aerial connection. There is one island platform and one side platform each approximately 950 feet (290 m) in length and have an enclosed passenger overpass, which provides an accessible connection.
NJ Transit operates the Meadowlands Rail Line to the station for stadium events when 50,000 or more attendees are expected. The station will not be immediately operating daily when American Dream Meadowlands opens since NJ Transit says " once the rail system is resilient enough that doing so won’t adversely affect NJ Transit commuters".
|M||Overpass||Crossover between platforms|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Track 1||Meadowlands Rail Line toward Hoboken (Secaucus Junction) →|
|Track 2||Meadowlands Rail Line toward Hoboken (Secaucus Junction) →|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left, right|
|Track 3||Meadowlands Rail Line toward Hoboken (Secaucus Junction) →|
The Meadowlands station opened on July 20, 2009 when a group of dignitaries including New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, New York Giants owner John Mara, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, and players from the Giants and Jets rode out on a special train from Hoboken for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The station officially opened to the public on July 26, 2009 for the championship game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament between the United States and Mexico. As many as 6,000 of the 80,000 attendees at the soccer game arrived at the complex using the station.
In August 2009, New Jersey assemblymen Frederick Scalera and Gary Schaer advocated using the train station as a park and ride facility with weekday rush-hour service to help alleviate traffic congestion on the roadways leading to New York City, but the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority indicated this could create conflicts on evenings when other events are scheduled, such as those at the Izod Center.
Although the new train service worked well for the first two regular season NFL games—when approximately 6,000-7,000 football fans arrived by rail—the first problems occurred on September 23, 2011, when 20,000 attendees at a U2 concert crammed onto trains. Some concertgoers had to wait up to two hours to board trains after the show, as the rail line can only accommodate a maximum capacity of 10,000 people per hour.
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