After throngs of people packed Port Authority and Penn Station on their way to a U2 concert in New Jersey on Wednesday night, fans headed to Thursday’s concert hoped there wouldn’t be a repeat performance of the transit mess.
But Thursday’s rush out of Penn was already complicated by track conditions — 12 out of 21 tracks at the busy station were having power problems, leading to delays, cancellations and crowding.
Wednesday evening saw crowded stations and long lines at Port Authority and Penn Station before U2’s 7 p.m. show at MetLife Stadium.
Photos on social media show the two stations packed with concertgoers and commuters trying to get on buses and trains to New Jersey.
Several people said they waited more than an hour at Port Authority just to board an NJ Transit bus. Many concertgoers ended up late to the show as a result.
Transportation was running smoothly at Port Authority before U2’s second show Thursday. But the track problems at Penn were causing the all-too-familiar rush-hour frenzy — bad news for fans hoping to get to the show on time.