With Montclair, NJ designated as the “host city” of Super Bowl XLVII, traffic and congestion in the region has been hindered even more than its normal affairs. To deal with what will be an influx of thousands of tourists and game goers, organizations throughout the state are working to improve the flow of transportation.

The Garden State Parkway is currently undergoing two projects that will hopefully alleviate the upcoming congestion. Exit 151 at Watchung Ave, which connects the areas of Montclair and Bloomfield is currently being widened across the overpass and new lights have been installed at the east end of the spur. Watchung Ave is the main channel through Montclair from the Parkway and a vital artery connecting the town with points to the east, such as the stadium in East Rutherford. Further south on the Parkway, at exit 145, which connects the GSP with I-280 is also undergoing improvements. This stretch of the major toll road has been plagued with lane closures and miles and miles of backups in the last several months. Besides widening, other road improvements are also being implemented such as bus-only lanes on major throughways around the area of the Meadowlands.

Mass transit authorities in the region are also improving their networks to accommodate game goers. At NJ Tranist’s Secaucus Junction, the central hub for train riders connecting to travel to the Meadowlands, authorities are expanding platforms to accommodate more cars per train. Officials say NJT trains will now carry 10 cars as opposed to 8 cars during their normal services. New York MTA will be installing more maps and information kiosks in places such as NY Penn Station and the WTC’s PATH station to assist travelers making trans-Hudson journeys to the game.

I found this interesting. This is the logo that the town of Montclair has created to signify their “host” status for Super Bowl XLVIII. It’s not the Olympics here, guys, but it’s still subtle and creative.

Logo is courtesy of Montclair 2014 Super Bowl Host Committee

Picture is courtesy of NorthJersey.com