In a couple of weeks I will have to take the Academy Bus from the Highlands to Wall Street for work. (not looking forward to it). I was taking the ferry (which was awesome), but since my job has eliminated all transit subsidies, I really should go with the much less expensive option. Can anyone shed light on the trip from route 36 to downtown Manhattan? Sounds pretty brutal to me. Oh well. Are there any free parking lots anywhere up 36 (besides the station Hazlet)? Is it worth driving up to the Cheasequake Park and Ride to shed a couple of minutes? Lastly, in the East Point Plaza strip mall parking lot in the Atlantic Highlands, I saw a sign that said Commuter Parking in the back lot. Is this lot for bus commuters? I've poked around the internet but could not find any information. Any intell would be appreciated. Thanks so much!