Transportation routes increased to Barclays Center

An outside view of the Barclays Center looking

An outside view of the Barclays Center looking toward the subway station exit. (Sept. 21, 2012) (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

The Barclays Center announced Friday that it's adding extra transportation options for fans planning to attend the Nets' season opener against the Raptors Saturday night.

With the city's mass transit system still not fully operational and limited parking options near the arena, there is a pressing need for a variety of ways to help people get to the game.

For those traveling from Long Island, LIRR service will be operating hourly between Atlantic Terminal and Jamaica.

In Manhattan, there will be free shuttle bus service, providing fans round-trip transportation on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus will stop at 9th Avenue between 40th and 41st streets and the first one will depart at 4:30 p.m. Five additional buses will pick up passengers about every 15 minutes.

After the game, passengers can re-board the buses on Atlantic Avenue, near South Portland Avenue, to return to Manhattan.

Subway riders can use the D, R, 4 and 5 trains from Brooklyn, which stops at the Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Center, or take the A train to Lafayette Avenue.

Additionally, even though all MTA Brooklyn bus routes were restored with limited service, the MTA plans on providing additional buses to the routes serving the arena as deemed necessary both before and after the game.

The Nets also encourage ticket-holders to use the arena's pre-paid parking system at Barclayscenter.com. There, they can reserve parking spaces in a specific lot located within walking distance of the arena.

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