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Old 08-19-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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Hi, Sorry, I may be repeating the topic which already exists in the forum, but most of them seem to be atleast a year old. I live in Plainsboro and need to travel to NYC starting next month. Looks like I wont get parking in Princeton and its full before 6.30am, so need to drive to Hamilton to park and take a 1hr train from there. Also I am looking at going closer (find a apartment) closer to Hamilton station or go closer to Metropark/Edison stations, but i see a lot of bad reviews for Metropark/Edison apartments, traffic, roaches, bugs in apartments, parking at stations etc. Anyone living/traveling from Hamilton, can you share your experience on how bad/good.

I have a 3 month baby, so dont want to get into a apartment with roaches, bugs just because the train travel distance is shorter (30 mins difference). Also I am not sure how smooth the train travel is from Hamilton to NYC. Please help!
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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You might want to look form an Apartment in Ironbound Section of Newark , Rahway , linden . Those are the cheapest area in the Rail dept , and there not that bad in terms of crime and overall living. The Further South you go it gets more expensive to commute and may wear you out. Hamilton is a hit or miss town , it has good and bad areas. The Ironbound Section of , Rahway , Linden ,you can find decent apartments starting at 1200$-1600$. Princeton JCT form what i heard has a long waiting list , along with New Brunswick , Hamilton , & Jersey Avenue.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:36 AM
 
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thanks for the reply.. how about metropark station and the apartments closer to that station.. I see the https://www.nexusparkingsystems.com/...g-facility.cfm say not wait list for parking, so I am assuming a bit easy. But want to know about apartments and area. I see a lot of bad reviews. Appreciate your help.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Ive seen alot of New Apartments on my Urban Jersey trips nicely priced. Rahway and Ironbound section of Newark have alot , so does Downtown Jersey City but those go fast. There are Apartments around the Metropark area , but i'm not familiar with that area and thats another fare zone. Rahway and Ironbound are a cheaper fare zone , Newark gives you a cheaper alt to commuting to NYC. The PATH , which is only 52$ for a monthly. If you live along or near a PATH station in JC which are all in good areas you will save a ton on commuting expenses which kept going up and up.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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How about Metuchen? It is one stop before metropark and also an express stop. Metuchen is a great little town with a decent main street.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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thanks for the reply.. Metuchen is ok with me too.. can you give me some apartment names closer to station, I mean not walkable but atleast 5-6 miles around the train station. I online reviews everywhere I see mention roaches, bugs, old/outdated apts. thanks for your help!
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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I don't know the names of all the apt complexes but nothing in Metuchen is really more than 1-2 miles from the station. Metuchen is a tiny town smack in the middle of Edison. Edison is a big donut and is divided into North and South by Metuchen. South Edison is more Industrial and North is more residential.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:36 PM
 
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Thank you for everyone's reply. I knew I would need some advice from people who have experiences.

What would be the best route then? Can I find parking at Princeton station and take short commute train to Princeton Junction? I am struggling to find a reasonable solution here?

Thank you again.

Jerry
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:52 PM
 
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What would be the best route then? Can I find parking at Princeton station and take short commute train to Princeton Junction? I am struggling to find a reasonable solution here?
There's no reasonable solutions here, this is New Jersey. Anything you really want is prohibitively expensive, unavailable, or both.

Maybe you could take the #600 bus to Princeton Jct?
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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Hi, I ended up taking coach USA bus from exit 8A park & ride to NYC for my month long project. Park & ride is 5 miles drive from plainsboro and buses start every 10 mins. Most people said I would be caught in traffic, but there is a direct bus lane during rush hrs. If your work is close to times square then coach USA is better than going to Hamilton train station. I found work in NJ and so worked only for 1 month in NYC. So did the bus trip. Otherwise would have moved closer, at least metuchen or up north. The bus/train trip from plainsboro is convenient and smooth, but be ready to spend atleast 3 hrs of your life everyday commuting. Oh and $450 expense every month.

I tried parking at princeton during rush hrs (horrible) and station is so crowded. I tried driving to Hamilton (far from plainsboro), but lot of parking, but parking expensive. Then I tried Coach USA bus from exit 8A (bus every 10 mins), parking $2 (monthly pass available), traffic issues (30 min delay) may be 2 times entire month. Also I think #600 bus does not have good timing that connects to train timing in princeton, you either end up waiting 20 mins or I think you will miss the express trains. Also #600 takes a lot of time before you reach princeton junction due to the # of stops.

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