Skip to comments.NJ Transit paid $14K for 4 employees to go to New Orleans for Super Bowl
Posted on 02/15/2013 1:24:15 PM PST by SMGFan
At a cost of more than $14,000, NJ Transit said it sent four employees to the Super Bowl in New Orleans so they could help prepare the agency to handle transportation and security at the event next year at MetLife Stadium.
Bills obtained by The Record through an Open Public Records Act request show $7,800 was spent on hotel rooms from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, $5,241 on airfare and $423 in miscellaneous expenses, the newspaper reported Friday.
The party was made up of chief of staff of rail operations Rich Andreski, Hoboken rail operations superintendent Joseph Meade III, NJ Transit Police Officer Patrick Clark and police official Robert Gatchell, the Record reported. The Meadowlands Rail link, which provides service to MetLife Stadium, is part of the Hoboken division.
Agency spokesman John Duros said hosting the Super Bowl in New Jersey will require extensive planning and he expects the trip to New Orleans to "generate important dividends moving forward."
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They paid for prostitutes out of their own pockets though, so its OK....
I really don’t have a problem with the concept of sending someone to see something in person that they have to prepare for. However....
Five days in a hotel = four people = $390 per night per person. That’s more than three times the amount I paid at the Holiday Inn Express in Atlanta when I went there in December. Airfare for four people = $1,310 per person round trip, which is many times higher than a similar ticket I bought from Seattle to Atlanta - and I was flying first class.
Good for the newspaper to make this a big deal. It’s not a lot of money, but it does expose the mindset of the people involved.
“hosting the Super Bowl in New Jersey will require extensive planning”
Because the stadium magically holds more people during the superbowl?
Because there are never any large events in the NY metro area?
“chief of staff of rail operations Rich Andreski, Hoboken rail operations superintendent Joseph Meade III,”
I wasn’t aware NO had such an extensive train system to...um...study.
All together now sing. ....”look for - the union label”...
And the Governor says?
Um, Hotel rooms for the NJ Super Bowl are already booking at 3x to 12x the average daily rate. Super Bowl hotel packages always go for that inflated rate.
As long as these four people were actually shadowing their New Orleans counterparts and picking up useful knowledge, it seems like an essential element in preparing for the Super Bowl, the largest organized sporting event in North America.
Yeah, just re-read the article and googled these guys, this was pure corruption,
FFS, get me out of this state.
I am going to New Orleans for a job interview in about a week. I am forward the internary that the company gave me, and the money on it. It is about 1000 for a two day trip. Airfare, Car Rental, Hotel. Imagine the Hotel would be 3 times the amount for Superbowl sunday. Superbowl Ticket, even a “cheap one” is like 1200-1500. Not sure, why they would to have to pay it, could have been comp by the NFL if their trip was so necessary. So the tally is 450 for airfare, 900 for hotel, 350 for a car, and 1500 for a ticket, giving me $3200 for just one of them at the high end.
NO has the 4th largest rail hub in the US. Plus lots of streetcar lines.
I know they have an amtrak station....but they don’t exactly have a local transit network....nothing that in any way resembles the NY/NJ system.
The biggest issue for a "national interest" special event is that the vast majority of the attendees will be coming from out of the region -- and most of them have probably never been to the stadium at all. For a regular Sunday NFL crowd, there is a basic familiarity with the region, the highway operating conditions, parking locations, etc. For a Super Bowl, every attendee is going to have to be given explicit instructions for where to go, where to park, security requirements at the gate, what they can bring through the gate, etc.
Related to all this ... Keep in mind that for a regular NFL game, most of the attendees travel from home. For a Super Bowl, most attendees will be traveling from hotels -- and again, these are places where they've probably never stayed before.
A further complication is that most spectators will probably be forced to park far from the stadium and get bused to the game. I'm sure every on-site parking space will be reserved for players, media, league officials, VIPs, etc.
NO has 50 times fewer people than the NY/NJ metro region. The NO transit system is simply proportionate with its size and is considered quite good by those that use it, including many tourists.
You’ve strayed very far from the subject....which was why in the heck are NJ rail transit officials doing fact finding missions at the Superbowl......in a city that has a transit system nothing like New Jersey’s to boot. I don’t really care if NO has a system commensurate with its population....all that matters is that it is nothing at all like the NYNJ system.
New Orleans has a Streetcar named Desire...