True, sometimes the trains aren't that bad after games, and out of NYP, there are now 4 different lines that people get on to go to different places, lightening the load on the other lines. However, there are times after games, concerts, shows, and other events, when teh trains are simply rediculously crowded.
I know, I have worked these types of trains, both the light ones and the packed ones numerous times. I particularlly remember an 8 car train we had to Long Branch after Wrestlemania 120 or whatever they are up to now. People were standing everywhere, families were sitting on the floor in the aisles, and to top it off, there were the few drunk #$%holes who kept causing trouble and trying to pick fights and cursing and being loud and had to be removed.
And when the trains are real crowded after a game or concert or whatever, people tend to think and act as if they are still in the game or show (groupthink) and often times that causes problems, with drunk people fighting, yelling cursing, making insults, smoking, vandalizing the equipment and other people's stuff.
NJT is not going to be smart enough to look at other events that are going on at the same time to realize that there are times when the trains will become extremely overcrowded with a game in Newark, along with other events going on in NYC, other games or events that will be occuring or letting out at approximately the same time. And if there is an event on teh weekends, oh boy - that would make things REALLY crowded. Maybe a 12 car train get can completely filled out of Princeton Jct then, instead of now where at PJ, there are 10 cars full now on some weekend trains.
Don't get me wrong, I think the arena is a terrific idea for Newark, I just have a few concerns with how fast Sharpe James is trying to push it, and I think if he's not careful, Newark will end up getting screwed in the long run. However, there are other logicistical issues that NJT (and the state DOT in regards to roads in the area) will need to issue and address when the arena opens, or else NJT may get it self into trouble capacity wise.
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