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Getting Ready for the Super Bowl in New Jersey

Linda Jagiela
Posted on November 14, 2013
Super Bowl XLVIII will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is estimated that 800 limousine companies will be needed to service the event.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is estimated that 800 limousine companies will be needed to service the event.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is estimated that 800 limousine companies will be needed to service the event.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is estimated that 800 limousine companies will be needed to service the event.

The Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) is making sure that its members are well prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII which will be held in the Meadowlands. LANJ executive director Barry Lefkowitz recently brought a panel to speak on what to expect at the Newark International Airport as game day approaches.

“We want to make sure that our members have the best information to serve their clients,” he said. “That’s the advantage of being part of an association. We give you the information you need to do your job well.”

With an crowds descending on Newark for the big game, logistics was the topic of the day at the September LANJ meeting where Diane Pappianni from the New York/New Jersey Port Authority was the keynote speaker. Pappianni explained that during the week leading up to game day airport operations would be changing in order to deal with the rise in passengers.

Pappianni introduced Pat Bonner who heads Landside Operations for the Port Authority at Newark. He explained that all limousines and charter buses will be staging in the P1 lot which is on the south side of the airport. Operators will still be able to use the short term lots. In the holding lot, operators will show their trip tickets and receive a pass to pick up curbside. Without the pass, they will be sent off the curb and not be able to pick up their passengers. There will be dedicated pick up areas curbside which passengers should head to once they have gotten their luggage, Bonner said.

  • Enforcement will be heavy at the airport during this event and it will especially be critical that operators follow the plan.  
  • For those picking up at the Fixed Base Operation (FBO), Signature, staging will be in the lot directly across the street from the FBO, which will handle dispatch.  
  • On the Monday after the game, operators are encouraged to watch the signs to direct where to drop their passengers. The most likely the drop offs will be on levels two or three which will differ from regular non-event time drops.  
  • Airport signage will be key to the success of the program. Signs are being placed on all frontage roads that operators use to access the holding lots and the terminals.  

In addition to the Port Authority, Jose Hernandez of Game Day Management spoke to the packed room. Game Day Management is responsible for all logistics around the event. He explained that they will be hosting a public outreach meeting to get input about the event later in the month. He also recommended that operators stay informed by visiting the host committee website at www.nynjsuperbowl.com.

If the weather is bad, operators should wait at the FBO until the plane has taken off to ensure that the passengers are able to depart, and build such wait times into their pricing, he suggested.  

“LANJ will continue to be a part of the discussions with the Port Authority and the NFL representatives,” Lefkowitz said. “We also have met with the New Jersey State Police and Homeland Security to insure that we are kept informed of any and all information about the event.”

Bonner joked earlier in the meeting that the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a blizzard. All jokes aside, the possibility for snow in New Jersey for Super Bowl is a good one. Are you ready for some football?

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Linda Jagiela is a contributing writer for LCT Magazine who covers industry associations on the East Coast. She can be reached at [email protected]

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Related Topics: Barry Lefkowitz, Eastern U.S. Operators, group transportation, LANJ, Limousine Association of New Jersey, logistics, New Jersey operators, New York operators, sporting events, Super Bowl

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