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Old 11-30-2011, 06:39 AM
 
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Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are moving to Bethlehem PA in January for his work. I have been working in the wine industry for the past 5 years, and am having trouble finding openings in PA due to the state controlled nature of the industry there. I'm considering applying to some jobs in NYC as there are tons of opportunities there. That being said, can anyone advise me about commuting options? Is there any kind of train/rail into the city say from the state border or anywhere else in northeast PA? I know it would be a pretty long commute, but if I could ride a train into NYC, it might be doable. Any info about public transportation from the Lehigh Valley or NE PA to NYC is much appreciated. Thank you!
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Bus to NYC:
www.biebertourways.com
www.transbridgelines.com

For the train you need to go into NJ to around the Clinton area to get a train. Better to take the bus. There are other buses from the Poconos Area to NYC. You can google that.
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Are you talking about retail? It's one thing to make the ridiculous commute to Manhattan from the LV every day if you work a strictly 9 to 5 job, but later opening and closing times would probably be the death of you.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:07 AM
 
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Hi there,

My boyfriend and I are moving to Bethlehem PA in January for his work. I have been working in the wine industry for the past 5 years, and am having trouble finding openings in PA due to the state controlled nature of the industry there. I'm considering applying to some jobs in NYC as there are tons of opportunities there. That being said, can anyone advise me about commuting options? Is there any kind of train/rail into the city say from the state border or anywhere else in northeast PA? I know it would be a pretty long commute, but if I could ride a train into NYC, it might be doable. Any info about public transportation from the Lehigh Valley or NE PA to NYC is much appreciated. Thank you!
I count 50 buses per day from Bethlehem into NYC. Right now the nearest commuter rail station is in Clinton NJ, which is about 30 miles from Bethlehem. The bus is dramatically faster. As with all bus service, you make much better time by leaving very early.

There are several wineries in Hunterdon county , NJ, if you have a car. You can drive there in about an hour.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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Thanks for the tips! I'll check out the train in NJ. I'm not looking for a retail job, more of a marketing or sales position. I've had a couple interviews with distributors in PA, but the positions are not even close to where I'm living and don't pay well. One of them was 90 miles away! (posting just listed "eastern PA"). I'll also look into the wineries and see what I can find.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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PacoMartin - where did you get 30 miles from Bethlehem to Clifton, NJ??? I just plugged it in to my googlemaps for directions, and it's 80 miles with over an hour and a half drive time.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Clinton Not Clifton
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:01 PM
 
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PacoMartin - where did you get 30 miles from Bethlehem to Clifton, NJ??? I just plugged it in to my googlemaps for directions, and it's 80 miles with over an hour and a half drive time.
It is 36 miles from the Bethlehem Transbridge terminal near the ABE airport to Clinton, NJ, and it is an additional 57 miles to New York City Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd street in Manhattan.

In Clinton you can catch the Transbridge bus. There are some people who figure that they have to drive their car somewhere and leave it for the day, so they would rather drive to Clinton, NJ and take the bus the rest of the distance. The problem with that strategy, is that there may not be any seats left, and you have to stand.

Keep in mind on weekdays, there are 9 buses that do not go to the Port Authority, but instead go to downtown near Wall Street. Out of the 50 buses that go from the Lehigh Valley to NYC daily, these are the only ones that do not go to the Port Authority.
Two of these 9 buses stop in financial centers in New Jersey just before the Holland tunnel into downtown. The exits are in the Newport section of Jersey City:
(1) EXCHANGE PLACE: Montgomery at Hudson
(2) NEWPORT CENTRE TOWER 525 Washington Blvd
These are still major financial centers, and they must have opportunities for hosting corporate wine functions.
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Clinton, NJis also the closest place where you can catch a commuter train. While trains are more comfortable than buses, this train is very slow, and right now you must disembark in Newark, NJ. From there you catch a PATH train to either Penn Station or to the World Trade Center. I think all in all you are better off on a bus.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:47 AM
 
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don't do it....the commute is horrible!
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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PacoMartin - where did you get 30 miles from Bethlehem to Clifton, NJ??? I just plugged it in to my googlemaps for directions, and it's 80 miles with over an hour and a half drive time.
No way!! We've made many trips from NY to the Lehigh Valley and I always know that when we get to Clinton, NJ it's only another 30 minutes to the Valley.
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