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Old 01-25-2009, 04:37 PM
Location: Lake Winola
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I wore myself ragged commuting from Lake Winola to Jersey City ,six days a week at times for five years.The reason I didn't stay in the city, was so I could be home every evening for my children.I had a really great foreman who would let me disappear early for the kids football games,wrestling matches and baseball games leaving at 2 pm(sometimes earlier) was a big help beating commuter traffic.Was it worth it? Money wise ,yes compared to the wages in this area and there was no way I was going to raise a family in the city.Sanity wise,no.My family is the most important thing and I stopped the commute.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:18 AM
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Default scranton transport to nyc update???

I was just on here reading thru. i noticed the original post were in 2006. I was just checking if you knew of an update about train transportation from scranton to nyc. My wife is from the area and wants us to move there, i just worry about a good job. so i am seeing if commuting back and forth from Scranton to NYC could be worth it. thanks

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You're quite welcome. I'm just sorry that there truly aren't more mass transit options available for you as of yet. Basically, the whole idea of people commuting from Lackawanna County to work in New Jersey and New York is a brand new concept, and nobody really planned ahead for the need for transit to these areas. (Then again, none of our elected officials can seem to adequately plan ahead for anything)

The high-speed rail line between Scranton and Hoboken, NJ (with connections to Manhattan) WILL be a reality in the upcoming years though, as the number of people living in Monroe County (Stroudsburg area) and driving daily along I-80 into North Jersey and NYC has grown exponentially over the past decade and has congested I-80 so badly at rush-hour that officials now realize that this rail line is the only short-term option! Trust me, I've been through I-80 in Stroudsburg WESTBOUND into PA during the evening rush; it ain't a pretty sight by any means!

Some locals are worried that the new rail line will promote drug trafficking, but I feel as if those fears are largely unfounded; drugs are being funnelled NOW between NYC and Scranton, and they'll continue to be imported here with or without a train! As a 2009 college graduate looking to potentially live in Scranton and commute to work in Morristown, NJ, this train would be a Godsend! Otherwise, I'll be racking up the speeding tickets left and right on I-80 everyday! LOL!

P.S. A word of advice---the NJ cops patrol the first few miles of roadway after you leave PA VERY heavily; they like to hide and catch hurried PA commuters in speed traps. (Unethical perhaps, but it brings in the bacon for them!) LOL! During my last trip to Manhattan, our bus was even pulled over for speeding right at the border in Columbia, NJ!
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:35 PM
Location: Collegeville PA & Towamensing Trails
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There is no update about train transportation from scranton to nyc. It never happened, and is unlikely to anytime soon.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:39 PM
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Recently I drove to the Middletown NY NJ Metro North Train Station, which is right off Rt 84 and too the train to Penn Station. Round trip was $24. It was a pleasant ride of about 110 minutes, changing once with no wait in Secaucus. I found it to be the most convenient way to get to NYC without driving right in to the city. Way cheaper than Martz Bus.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:22 PM
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I don't live in Scranton but I commuted for years to NYC from the Lehigh Valley working an overnight shift. My work schedule was 9PM to 7AM. I'd wake up at 5PM to shower and have lunch/dinner after having slept maybe four hours. Leave the house at 6PM to drive to the Bieber bus station and catch the 6:30 bus. Get to the Port Authority at about 8:30PM and walk across town (about a 20 minute walk) to Park Avenue to get to work at 9PM. That's a 3 hour commute! Same thing coming back home (6 hours a day). Get home at about 10:30AM, eat breakfast, play with my son, and go right to sleep. It was terrible, which is why I would much rather take a much lower paying job locally than make that commute as I now have two kids that I'd like to be around for.
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Old 03-10-2014, 09:32 AM
Location: West Orange, NJ
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I just stumbled upon this thread after reading a NJ thread about why a rail line to scranton would be insane (from the perspective of NJ residents). I'd love to see the rail line go at least to Stroudsberg to help alleviate traffic on I-80, but stumbling on a thread that started in 2006 made me laugh about how that's probably not happening in the next 15-20 years. especially with the events that transpired between 2006-2014.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:46 PM
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Plus, PennDOT is going to widen I-80 in Stroudsburg adding a lane each way over the next "6 to 8 years".
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jtab4994 View Post
Plus, PennDOT is going to widen I-80 in Stroudsburg adding a lane each way over the next "6 to 8 years".

ROFLMAO.....Like that wouldn't cause years of traffic tie ups that would make Chris Christie jealous.
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:44 AM
Location: West Orange, NJ
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I-80 in that area is a complete nightmare. Especially with all the NY/NJ drivers coming back from the poconos who can't handle driving 55-60mph on that windy road.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:48 PM
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There has been talk of a train between the Poconos and NYC for many decades. I'd love to know which real estate agent pointed to the spot where this supposed station is going to be. Some people will do anything for a sale. There will never be a train between these two spots. It's never going to happen.
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