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NJ Transit skips hearing on Super Bowl rail issues

Local News | Mar 11, 2014

NJ Transit skips hearing on Super Bowl rail issues

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey legislative committee has again been rebuffed by officials from New Jersey Transit and the NFL as the panel probes what caused massive train delays after last month’s Super Bowl.

The Assembly’s Transportation Committee had scheduled a hearing two weeks ago, but had to cancel it when outgoing NJ Transit head James Weinstein and others declined to attend.

Since then, Weinstein has been replaced by former Turnpike Authority chief Veronique Hakim. Hakim didn’t attend Monday’s hearing in Trenton.

The NFL also declined to send a representative to both hearings.

One committee member likened the mass-transit contingency plans for the Super Bowl to the “Who’s On First” comedy routine.

Twice as many Super Bowl ticketholders as expected wound up taking trains, leading to hours-long delays after the game.