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NJ Transit director Jim Weinstein steps down after Super Bowl transit problems

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Just weeks after thousands of fans faced lengthy delays in getting to and from MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII, New Jersey Transit executive director Jim Weinstein is resigning.

According to Karen Rouse of the Bergen Record, Weinstein announced his decision in a letter to his staff on Tuesday.

The NJ Transit system was flooded with 33,000 fans attempting to travel to the stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. for the game. That number was more than double what the system was expecting on game day. NJ Transit ended up having the finger pointed at them for their inability to handle to surge in ridership for the game.

Governor Chris Christie announced Weinstein will be replaced by Veronique Hakim, currently the executive director of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority on March 1.

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8 Responses to “NJ Transit director Jim Weinstein steps down after Super Bowl transit problems”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 18, 2014 11:17 PM

    Jim stepped down from the platform onto the rail lines below.

  2. steaky247 says: Feb 18, 2014 11:17 PM

    Went to my first two games there this year. Left after the 3rd quarter of the second game just to get a seat on the train. Can’t imagine what the Super Bowl would have been like.

  3. j0esixpack says: Feb 18, 2014 11:23 PM

    Man – that’s gotta hurt.

    He survived Christie’s Bridge Gate but got canned because a lot of people too mass transit to the Super Bowl?

    Well I guess we now know where our priorities are – though we’re still waiting to find out for sure if Christie ordered the Code Red on the towns that failed to support him.

  4. noeffinway says: Feb 18, 2014 11:25 PM

    Annnnnnd there’s your scapegoat! smh

  5. questionableprovenance says: Feb 18, 2014 11:27 PM

    That’s not bad. The New Jersey Turnpike is one of the few things in the state that runs well at a decent cost.

  6. grandpoopah says: Feb 19, 2014 12:59 AM

    Maybe those Super Bowl attendees should have endorsed Christie.

  7. tjacks7 says: Feb 19, 2014 5:18 AM

    Guess you can add this guy to the list of people who were unhappy with the cold weather Super Bowl.

  8. dapollock69 says: Feb 19, 2014 9:59 AM

    The fact this guy held into his job after being charge of parking 100 million dollars in trains at sea level, in a swamp, during Sandy is unbelieveable enough, but the fact he loses his job for this reason is surprising.

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