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Old 02-18-2008, 06:44 PM
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Default anyone commuting from Bridgewater to NYC

i am thinking about moving from Emerson NJ (Bergen County) to Bridgewater 'cause you basically get more bang for your buck for less money/taxes.....however I work in lower NYC (16th and 1st) and was wondering what the commute is like DRIVING to nyc.....I usually leave in off peak hours and mapquest says it is a 56 minute commute no traffic.....does anyone have any advice or tips on driving to nyc as a commute?

any info will be helpful thanks!
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:20 AM
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Depends on exactly where in Bridgewater you are (how long it'll take to get to 78), but in general you're an hour +/- during off hours. Basically, you've got to make it to the Holland Tunnel by 6am or not until after 10am, or you'll add an extra 15-30 minutes to the commute. On the way out of NYC, you'd better be close to the tunnel by 3pm, or you may as well just stay at your desk until around 7. Anytime between 3 and 7 you could spend as much as 2 hours (in the summer) just trying to get through the tunnel, plus 78 will be a mess heading west.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:27 AM
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hmmmm thanks....living in emerson it takes over an hour in the summer as well......I'll def. need narrow the area down, the problem is I don't know to much about Bridgewater and its areas..........
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:35 AM
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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Lots of people in Bridgewater take the Raritan Valley line from either Bound Brook or Commerce ballpark in Bridgewater and switch to the Path in Newark for lower Manhatten.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:45 AM
Location: High Bridge
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Thats the way I'd go about it. I commute from High Bridge (last stop on the RVL), transfer at Newark. You could switch to the PATH, as mentioned, coming in to WTC. There are a good number of trains heading out that way, so that shouldn't be an issue. I personally couldn't deal with a drive in to NYC.

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Old 02-19-2008, 08:07 AM
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how would you explain the commute....bad, good, average, stressful....and how long is it approx. door to door.......also, what is the best place to look to live in bridgewater for an easy commute.....r there a lot of nyc commuters in bridgewater?

sorry for all the questions, but it seems you get a really great unbaise answers and advice from this forum.......
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:16 AM
Location: High Bridge
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Well I don't really remember what time I pull through Bridgewater, so its a bit of a guesstimate (I'm either reading or napping at that point ). I'd say its good, I work midtown, and it takes me about 2hrs 15 minutes door to door. From Westfield, it was about 1hr 15min door to door (I had a 20 minute walk in Westfield). You're looking at about an hour strictly on the train (not including getting to the station, or station to your office). I think taking the train is a significantly easier commute since you get to avoid the traffic, don't have to drive, can nap, write emails, do some paperwork, whatever. I've incorporated my train time into my work day.

There are a *ton* of NYC commuters in Bridgewater though.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:37 PM
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Plus, there is the bus from Bedminster (or maybe Bernardsville) that goes to 42nd. Great commute. Catch up on much needed sleep. I think it is run by Laidlaw or Lake Land, one of the private bus lines it goes thru Summit and then Lincoln tunnel on the bus lane. From Summit, it is slightly less than an hour to the city.
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:34 AM
Location: Warren County and loving it!
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Plus you don't use the gas sitting in traffic. There's a whole lot less stress. I go to NYC quite often and the train ride from Bridgewater is great.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:54 AM
Location: New Jersey
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I am about to move to Bridgewater, my closing is in couple of days. I work in midtown and I know that Cucullin, you said that you commute there as well. If I take the RVL, where would i switch for best times in newark and then travel on the path or should I go straight to Penn with a switch in newark?

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