New York, NY –
As of Saturday, sports fans and concert goers can travel to the Meadowlands...by rail. Officials have cut the ribbon on a new station that links up with New Jersey transit stations in Hoboken and Secaucus. Governor Jon Corzine says connecting Giants Stadium with the region's rail mass transit network had been on the drawing boards for decades.
CORZINE: Between the Jets and the Giants we are sure to have a Superbowl and we need mass transit to get all the people back and forth on a regular basis to this great stadium and this great complex.
But the new rail spur will only be part time. Trains will run to the Meadowlands whenever there's an event with 50,000 ticket holders. This Saturday, that event is the Gold Cup Soccer Championship.
Originally the rail project was intended to serve both the Sports Complex and Xanadu, a controversial $2 billion entertainment and retail complex. But progress at Xanadu has stalled over financing and after several missed deadlines no opening date has been set.
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