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Metro Transit Propels Super Bowl LII

When Super Bowl LII came to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, Metro Transit was well-prepared to move the crowds of Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots fans.

Because of security concerns, the agency closed its light rail station at the venue, U.S. Bank Stadium, to all riders except Super Bowl ticketholders with Gameday Fan Express Passes. Buses replaced regular service along the majority of the two light rail lines, while ticketholders went through security checkpoints to board trains at specified stations and ride directly to the stadium station. Other bus routes continued to provide regular service.

Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb said, “Minnesota just hosted the coldest Super Bowl on record. Even more remarkable is that this was also the most transit-dependent game in the Super Bowl’s 52-year history. As expected, Metro Transit’s employees and partners made this event an unqualified success for fans, customers and the entire Twin Cities region. We’re proud of our accomplishment and thank everyone who made transit a part of their Super Bowl experience.”
Eagles and Patriots fans left Metro Transit light rail at U.S. Bank Stadium Station on their way to Super Bowl LII at the stadium.

In the suburbs, the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) in Burnsville used a 40-foot Proterra electric bus to provide supplemental service during rush hours and weekend peak hours from Jan. 26-Feb. 4.

“As thousands of people flock to the Twin Cities for the Big Game, it’s paramount that we deliver on our promise to provide reliable, high-performance transit to all of our riders,” MVTA Executive Director Luther Wynder said prior to the game. “By deploying the Proterra battery-electric bus during the busiest week of the year, we will share this state-of-the-art technology with travelers from near and far.”

Meanwhile, as Passenger Transport went to press, the Southeastern Penn­sylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) partnered with Independence Blue Cross to provide free rides on two rail lines before, during and after the Feb. 8 Championship Parade. SEPTA implemented service changes elsewhere in the system to allow for increased capacity on the two lines into downtown Philadelphia, but only parade-goers with pre-purchased passes or tickets would be allowed to ride.
Philadelphia Eagles fans boarded SEPTA trains at 30th Street Station following the Feb. 8 victory parade. In addition to the two rail lines operating free, the agency reported selling out of special discounted passes for other Regional Rail service about a day after making them available, and noted that fans lined up at rail stations well before service began around 5 a.m.
Photo by Matt Courchain, SEPTA

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