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Behind the Scenes at the Super Bowl, a Traffic Jam for the Ages

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Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, eight miles from New York City. There is only one way to make the journey by train: Take a New Jersey transit train to a station called Secaucus Junction, and then take another train from there to the stadium.

As you might expect, on Sunday, Secaucus Junction was very crowded.

How crowded? This crowded:

Football fans make their way to trains in Secaucus Junction station, Feb. 2, 2014
According to, the traffic jam was created when three trains, each at capacity, arrived at the station at the same time.

Football fans wait to get on a train at Secaucus Junction, Feb. 2, 2014
Airport-style security screenings in the station created additional backup. According to reports, multiple people collapsed while waiting in the hour-long line.

Fans from Manhattan bound for MetLife Stadium and the Super Bowl crowd a NJ Transit station in Secaucus, N.J., Feb. 2, 2014
By 2:45 p.m., transit officials had canceled the security screenings. The NFL says nearly every attendee made it to the stadium with more than an hour to spare.

Fans took to Instagram to document the traffic crush:

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