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Old 10-11-2007, 01:18 AM
 
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Hi-
I'm writing on behalf of a nice young man who must make a quick job-related decision. He currently rents a small bedroom in a West Harlem, NY apartment for $600/month (he really can't afford much more) and he would like to stay somewhere in Manhattan to be near his girlfriend.

However, he may soon receive a job offer from a company in Woodbridge, NJ. He just moved to NY from the Midwest within the last year, so he's not
familiar with NJ, the Woodbridge area, and the whole transportation system there.

Is it realistic for him to think he can commute to this job from his present location? (He suspects it would take 1 1/2 hrs. ea. way by public transportation.) If not, what other areas would you suggest he look into? (He won't have a car.) Thanks for any insights you can share.
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Old 10-11-2007, 04:56 AM
 
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I'm thinking it's going to slightly over 1.5 hours. He's first got to get from Harlem to Penn Station, which can be a pretty long subway ride in and of itself. Then he's got a train ride from Penn to Woodbridge, which is around 45 minutes.

Bus would be an option too, but that would easily be longer- especially in traffic.

Once he gets to Woodbridge, there's not really a great public transportation system. There are a few buses that make a few stops in town, but it's not like NYC. Do you know where in Woodbridge his job offer is? That would help with figuring out what (if any) public transportation he can get from the train station.

I hope he realizes that this commute is going to cost him somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 a month between train and subway passes. I ask because that's a big chunk of change for a guy who can only afford $600 for rent.

Hope that helps,

Bob
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:44 PM
 
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Default Thanks so much, Bob

He actually ran the entire trip today and felt it was feasible...except for finding public transportation from the train station to the office, which is very close to the big mall (Woodbridge Center?) about 2 to 3 miles away. Do you know of any buses he could take? and how we would find information about that?

P.S. Thanks for the info about the cost of commuting, too. Apparently, his prospective new boss has said he may be able to boost the salary to help cover it. (I just hope it's enough of a boost.)

Again, Thanks for your time and consideration.
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Old 10-12-2007, 02:49 AM
 
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Here's the link to NJ Transit's 802/803 buses, which run from Woodbridge Train Station to a few points in Woodbridge. If I had to bet, I'd say he's probably working in Woodbridge Corporate Center, so one of the buses may work. He can also look at travel to Metropark instead of Woodbridge (same time and cost) if one of the Metropark loop buses gets him closer to work.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0801.pdf
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:10 PM
 
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Default Again, thanks

I passed along your advice and the great link. WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR TAKING THE TIME TO BE OF HELP!!!
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