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Old 06-13-2017, 12:58 AM
 
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It's going to depend on the weather. You cant use June as a benchmark for traffic as the shore doesn't really pick up until mid July thru labor day. The parkway will be gridlock at 8:30am. I would have all guests in Belmar by 8:30am.
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Old 06-13-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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I also live in Bergen county. Everyone says that you have to be on the road by 7:00 am on summer weekends in order not to get stuck in horrible traffic being nicely baked by the sun. And of course the parking lots in most beaches fill up but 10:00 or so. That is why I have never been to the shore in July and August. I don't like to be a human barbecue in the broiling car. We usually go to some lake in Upstate NY or to Rockaway beach in NYC. There is also traffic but it is not as bad.
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Old 06-13-2017, 10:33 PM
 
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I have to wonder if it's a better idea to take the Turnpike down to Exit 7A (Route 195) instead of crawling down the Pkwy. A lot more miles but it probably moves.
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:08 AM
 
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I have to wonder if it's a better idea to take the Turnpike down to Exit 7A (Route 195) instead of crawling down the Pkwy. A lot more miles but it probably moves.
The YanketyCrank would have its own brand of tourists, I would take 9 down to 18 and right in,,, from the Driscoll area, only about 8 lights total on 9 then 18 is all freeway.
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:53 AM
 
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I don't know if 9 is much better. The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive.
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:15 AM
 
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I don't know if 9 is much better. The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last-chance power drive.
Come on Mightyqueen; tramps like us, baby we were born to run!
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: NJ
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It's going to depend on the weather. You cant use June as a benchmark for traffic as the shore doesn't really pick up until mid July thru labor day. The parkway will be gridlock at 8:30am. I would have all guests in Belmar by 8:30am.
Just a few years after the parkway opened from exit 127 south, Saturday's were generally jammed enough to discourage going south.


Today we have the same issue. Any strategy to avoid traffic has been tried and retried.


A warm weekend in March has Sandy Hook parking lots filled to capacity.


June july, august all the same, parkway jammed around the weekend.


Only in NJ is super heavy traffic differentiated in degrees that are measured based on emotional tolerance.


7 choices available for over 60 years. What's the question?


Wednesday would be the best statistical bet.
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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6am - 7 am is safe on a Saturday
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:24 PM
 
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I have to wonder if it's a better idea to take the Turnpike down to Exit 7A (Route 195) instead of crawling down the Pkwy. A lot more miles but it probably moves.

Until you get to the Great Adventure exit and it's standing still till opening time.
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:30 AM
 
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If its an hour and a half without traffic, I would say leave an extra half hour the minimum. Maybe even leave an extra hour ahead because its hit or miss, and sometimes I'm in 40 minutes of traffic. That's if its a nice day for the beach.

So, if they have to be there for 10 am shuttle, I would say leave 7:30 - 8 am max just to be there on time. Your guests can always hang out if they hit it right and just flew right through.

Also, just a quick fun fact if you didn't know, I usually see more traffic on express lanes. Maybe your guests can use local lanes instead of express. Somehow it seems like lots of people think just because its express, those lanes take you faster. Ends up being opposite because it seems like lots of people think that, so it gets crowded.

I know there's an app called Waze and it tells you traffic, and for how long. Maybe your guests can use it if they have smartphone because if GSP is traffic for a few miles, you can always get off and re-route.
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