Starting Monday, late-night Long Island Railroad service on weeknights and weekends from Atlantic Terminal has been restored from midnight until 2a.m. It's the latest indication of cooperation between the Nets, Barclays Center and the MTA that has led to 10,000 fans taking mass transit to the games and concerts ... 6,600 on the subway, 3,400 on the LIRR.
The man in charge of making that work, particularly when a game or concerts ends is Bavan Nandakumar, the Barclays Center traffic manager. NY1 profiles Nandakumar as he leaves the arena at halftime of a Nets game and begins coordinating the exit that even critics admit is working better than expected. He deals with traffic agents, the subway token booth downstairs in the subway station and the MTA, who will put on "gap trains" to handle the onslaught.
"We'll hold those gap trains if we know the game is going into overtime," says Chip Foley, the arena's director of technology. "The coordination between the MTA and the traffic manager, they'll hold those gap trains till we know the game is actually over. We're constantly communicating with the transit agency to tell them, 'the game is over now. Send the gap trains'."
Fans also get updated transit information on some of the 700 TV monitors scattered around the arena as well as the Barclays Center smart phone app.
As Barclays Center notes in its release on the new LIRR train schedule: "Leave an event early to run for the last train? Maybe at other arenas, but not in Brooklyn!" Other arenas? Like the one in Manhattan?
The feature of one of three recent reports on technology and the arena.
- Special Measures Help People Get To And From Barclays Center (Video) - Jeanine Ramirez - NY1
- Barclays Center Features 40-Foot-Long Elevator, Spinning Floor Underground (Video) - Jeanine Ramirez - NY1
- Barclays Center App Provides Streaming Access To Action (Video) - Adam Balkin - NY1