January 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds residents that traffic in the metro area is expected to increase starting on Monday, January 27, as a week of events related to Super Bowl XLVIII builds up to the big game at Met Life Stadium in the Meadowlands on Sunday, February 2.
Area residents are strongly encouraged to use mass transit where available.
“Union County is fortunate to have a strong mass transit infrastructure, so if you are planning to commute or travel in areas affected by Super Bowl traffic there are many opportunities to leave your car at home this week,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.
To help residents find mass transit routes quickly and easily, the Union County home page at ucnj.org now includes a link to three main sources of information.
The All Union County Transit Info link goes to Union County ConneXions, which includes information on transportation in and around Union County.
The NJT Super Bowl Info link goes to a special page at the New Jersey Transit Authority website, for information about getting to the game and related events.
The NY-NJ Regional Super Bowl Info link goes to a special page at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey website. It includes Super Bowl travel as well as all travel information for the region.
“I’d also like to point out that Union County has more than 6,700 acres of parklands and we offer a full slate of winter recreation opportunities, for those who prefer to stay close to home during Super Bowl weekend,” said Hudak.
Cold weather activities in Union County parks include sledding, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, archery (permit required) and outdoor ice skating.
Echo Lake Park is the most popular spot for sledding, as illustrated by a recent photo essay online at nj.com.
For indoor ice skating, Union County’s Warinanco Ice Skating Center is open for the season.
Union County’s Trailside Nature & Science Center is open seven days a week and admission is free. It features many interactive exhibits and a well-stocked reading room. Special programs and activities are available for a modest fee.
For all information on the Skating Center, Trailside, and all winter activities in Union County parks, including designated areas for sledding, cross-country skiing, and outdoor ice skating, visit ucnj.org/parks or call the Department of Parks, 908-527-4900.