T-Will Takes a Train Ride
October 6, 2010
NEWARK, N.J.—There’s a first time for everything, and Wednesday meant Terrence Williams’ initial experience with not only NJ Transit, but also taking a train.
The Nets’ second-year swingman spent the afternoon sampling the route from New York’s Penn Station to Newark’s Penn Station, smoothly making a 25-minute trip to the Prudential Center.
“This is definitely way better than I thought,” said Williams, from a window seat. “I might actually take this to the game instead of driving. There’s no train in Seattle. They’ve got a light rail transit now, but I never took that. I always had cars.”
Led by YES Network announcer Jessica Taff, whose crew was filming for a TV segment, Williams began his trek at NJ Transit’s direct entrance to the ticketing concourse, located at the corner of 7th Ave. and W 31st St. Traveling down the staircase, Williams became one of 81,000 daily commuters to utilize NJ Transit.
Williams shuffled into the ticket line, waiting his turn and purchasing a one-way ticket ($5.00) before making his way to Track 1, where he boarded the 3:30 p.m. Northeast Corridor No. 3855. Easily finding a seat among the afternoon travelers, Williams commented on the ease and speed of the commute, at one point roping a few of his fellow riders into committing to attend a game.
“It’s only 20 minutes to get there,” Williams explained. “It’s better than waiting 40 minutes in traffic to be late.”
Upon arriving in Newark, Williams began to be recognized, holding the door for middle-aged women and offering pounds to teenage boys as he made his way toward the street. He made sure to stop by Dunkin’ Donuts before heading along the short, two-block walk to the Prudential Center.
Quickly covering the distance, Williams soon posed with the arena behind him, armed now with the knowledge that he’s got another option on gameday.