After U2 Chaos, NJ Transit to Provide Buses to Springsteen Concert

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    Amanda
    Remember this? It was quite frightening.

    The Boss is coming to town. And in what could be perceived as a major concession to fans everywhere, NJ Transit will provide buses to the Meadowlands for his concert.

    The move comes after tens of thousands of U2 fans said they were stranded for hours after a sold-out concert at Giants Stadium last week.

    You can learn all about the new mode of transportation available on BruceSpringsteen.net. The site almost seems to acknowledge U2 fans' nightmarish train experience without even mentioning it.

    "Our friends at the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority have prepared a fantastically informative document detailing public transportation (yes, the buses will be running as well as the new rail system) …" the site reads.

    We love the parenthetical comment -- it readily captures U2 fans' frustration without forcing Bruce fans to wonder or ask if they'll be subject to the same aggravation.

    Tonight is Springsteen's first of five performances at Giants Stadium. They run through Oct. 9 and Springsteen has opted to perform one classic album each night of the show, his website says.

    Afraid to take the train? Take the #351 Special Event Express Bus from Port Authority. It's only $10 roundtrip (but there's a catch: you have to buy a roundtrip ticket) and buses start leaving at 4:30 p.m., which should be ample time for the 7:30 p.m. show.

    If you're taking the Meadowlands rail service, buy your tickets in advance and, um, good luck.

    Nearly 85,000 turned out for the U2 event last week -- the largest crowd in Meadowlands history -- and the massive delays getting to and from the stadium (up to three hours each way from New York) caused some fans to swear off NJ Transit altogether.

    For its part, NJ Transit maintained there was no mechanical failure or breakdown in service, just a huge amount of fans all trying to leave the stadium at the same time.

    The transit system debuted its new train service from Penn Station to the Meadowlands a few months ago, but critics said it left much to be desired after the debacle this month.