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Old 07-06-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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Yea , i hit my head on a DD. I didn't realize they have low ceilings....
I'm six foot one. I'm always hitting my head on things. Can't tell you how many times I've hit my head on the racks on the regular trains, getting up to leave half-awake when the train pulled into the station.

By the time I'm ready to retire I'm going to have dents in my skull.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:55 PM
Status: "Wasting away in Wastebury" (set 17 days ago)
 
Location: Westbury,NY
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Just remember driving you'll hit all that traffic in the Lincoln Tunnel going in, too many ppl driving into Manhattan as it is, causes 40+ min delays at the Lincoln going in to NYC, and its not uncommon to be sitting for more than one hour in traffic. I've taken NJT buses plenty delayed by these fools driving into NY. I think the tolls should be $20 per car!
Stick with the train but maybe a different line or PATH, the NE Corridor is much faster, and PATH is cheap.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:42 AM
 
Location: North Jersey
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Just remember driving you'll hit all that traffic in the Lincoln Tunnel going in, too many ppl driving into Manhattan as it is, causes 40+ min delays at the Lincoln going in to NYC, and its not uncommon to be sitting for more than one hour in traffic. I've taken NJT buses plenty delayed by these fools driving into NY. I think the tolls should be $20 per car!
Stick with the train but maybe a different line or PATH, the NE Corridor is much faster, and PATH is cheap.
I don't commute for work this was a weekend pleasure trip into NY and it also depends on WHERE in NY i'm going as to what crossing I would take..when I visit son & his girlfriend I would use the Holland
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:49 PM
Status: "Wasting away in Wastebury" (set 17 days ago)
 
Location: Westbury,NY
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I don't commute for work this was a weekend pleasure trip into NY and it also depends on WHERE in NY i'm going as to what crossing I would take..when I visit son & his girlfriend I would use the Holland
Weekends are the worst at the Lincoln, actually.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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I live near Dover and yes, NJ Transit will waste you time and money, especially with these latest fare hikes. 2 hours to Penn Station is absolutely ridiculous.

I suggest driving out to Harrison to take the PATH from that 97-year old station that they're talking about renovating sometime in the next few years. $7 parking across the street from the station, and $1.75 to get you to World Trade Center, or to Midtown after changing lines at Journal Sq.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I live near Dover and yes, NJ Transit will waste you time and money, especially with these latest fare hikes. 2 hours to Penn Station is absolutely ridiculous.

I suggest driving out to Harrison to take the PATH from that 97-year old station that they're talking about renovating sometime in the next few years. $7 parking across the street from the station, and $1.75 to get you to World Trade Center, or to Midtown after changing lines at Journal Sq.
Yet , 130,000 ppl still use that line .......blame your slow corrupt politicians for the semi slow service. We should have had a faster then by now and larger western Jersey network but Politics and corruption killed that.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:03 AM
 
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Different strokes, I guess. In any city anywhere, outside of peak times driving yourself will almost always be faster, but the train has its advantages. It's certainly a lot less stressful and tiring.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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Different strokes, I guess. In any city anywhere, outside of peak times driving yourself will almost always be faster, but the train has its advantages. It's certainly a lot less stressful and tiring.
Did you just bump a 4yr old thread to post this sage advice? Seriously?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:25 PM
 
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If I am going to NYC during weekend, and if I am travelling with a group of 2+ people or as a family of 4, driving to NYC makes the most sense. First, public transport is expensive (which has already been covered in this thread). Then, there is the issue of coming back from NYC. It is a nightmare to catch the train from Penn Station (NJ Transit)/ 33rd St (Path) or even Staten Island Ferry. The stations are really really crowded and hot (during summer).

I recall, a couple of times I have been to Penn station on weekend afternoons, they do not list the train platform till the last 5 minutes before departure. Then the entire crowd runs to board, if you have kids etc, you can forget about it. Another time I tried to board the Path at 3am at 33rd St on Sun Morning. The platform was so crowded, there were lines out of the turnstiles. I have had similar experience with Staten Island Ferry on Sat/Sun afternoons.

So, even with $20 to $30 parking, $35 tolls (NJTP + Tunnels) driving comes out a cheaper and more importantly more convenient, especially with kids. After a day on the roadtrip to NYC, the kids are tired and they can sleep comfortably in the back seat of the car even if you get stuck in traffic for 30 to 45 min. The trick is to start early, be in the city by 9am and try to leave by 3 or 4pm.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:27 AM
Status: "NEC Milepost 265, rough patch ahead." (set 16 days ago)
 
Location: Midtown ATL / CNJ Frost hollow
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NJ transit is quite reliable were I live. It takes me 1 hour at worst to reach home .

I don't rely too much on NJ transit train services outside the NEC and NJCL (as they take the geographically shortest route). Best to take the Bus, as its cheaper and faster. M & E is far too circuitous.
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