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Old 04-25-2011, 07:52 PM
 
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We are planning to buy a house in EB on coleman Road.
Does anyone has reviews about that street and the surroundings..?
Any advice/suggestions on the school and the commute pls
My husband will be commuting to jersey city and I will be gng to downtown NYC.
We are planning to drive ..how bad is the traffic?
please advice.
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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We are planning to buy a house in EB on coleman Road.
Does anyone has reviews about that street and the surroundings..?
Any advice/suggestions on the school and the commute pls
My husband will be commuting to jersey city and I will be gng to downtown NYC.
We are planning to drive ..how bad is the traffic?
please advice.
No advice on the commute, but the schools in EB are pretty solid.

The thing about East Brunswick is that there's a lot of side streets to avoid traffic on 18 to get to the turnpike.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:40 PM
 
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We are planning to buy a house in EB on coleman Road.
Does anyone has reviews about that street and the surroundings..?
Any advice/suggestions on the school and the commute pls
My husband will be commuting to jersey city and I will be gng to downtown NYC.
We are planning to drive ..how bad is the traffic?
please advice.
The train is faster for ur husband with morning express trains to newark or secaucus jct with connecting trains to hoboken. You have more choice however the suburban bus goes directly from park and ride lot at rte 18 by NJTPK to NYC or downtown wall street. However you have the option of using academy from sareville as well. Forget my train recommendation the 68 line goes to jersey city directly. But its rush hour only click here http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T1168.pdf and here http://www.coachusa.com/CoachUsaAsse...9/route600.pdf NJT for ur husband and coachusa for you. The drive AIN'T WORTH IT HON!!!!! they sometimes move faster than cars.
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Old 04-26-2011, 06:53 AM
 
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Driving - particularly to NYC from East Brunswick is pretty much non-starter unless you wants to leave ridiculously early. The bridge and tunnels back up quickly and that's when there's not an accident/weather/whatever.

Train is going to be a little tough from East Brunswick as there's no station nearby with easy parking. New Brunswick Station has next to no parking (unless you pay for a private garage in NB) and Jersey Avenue tend to be a long wait for a permit/few daily spots. I know most people from EB just end up driving to the Metro Park Station in Edison for the train commute. South Amboy station on the NJ Coastline might be an option here since it's closer but I can't speak to parking on that line. Train typically is the fastest least stress way into Manhattan from Central Jersey but check out some of the private vendors like Academy Bus as they offer express bus service from several points in NJ - and not being directly on a train line in NJ this might be easier/take the same amount of time.

Driving to Jersey City, he's going to face what's essentially the same problems without dealing with the bridge/tunnels. If he ends up going the train (you both might like riding in together if you leave at the same time) he can get off at Newark Penn and transfer to the PATH. I wouldn't recommend going all the way into Hoboken and transferring for a Jersey City commute - Newark Penn to the PATH is going to be the best way. Alternatively, he might be able to find a bus that goes there directly from one of the private vendors (or at least into Newark Penn where he can change to the PATH.)

The commute door-to-door (under the best circumstances) is going to be over an hour and a half for both of you. East Brunswick is a lovely place with good schools (high taxes for Middlesex county though) but ask yourself if that commute is worth it in terms of time/money for you. Considering you're working in the city and he's in Jersey City you might be better off further north - or at least somewhere directly off a train line.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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Thank you so much for the suggestions.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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I can comment on the Coleman Road neighborhood, as I grew up right down the street on Tutor Place. This is a very safe neighborhood and a good place to grow up. Once your kids hit high school age, they can walk to school. It was a pretty good deal for my brother and me because parking spots at EBHS were limited for students. It was also nice to be able to walk over to the HS and utilize their fields / tennis courts.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:33 AM
 
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Take the Coach USA suburban bus from the transportation center or tower center. They go to Jersey City and NYC every 10 minutes.. Commute is not bad at all. I would definitely take the bus for commuting to Manhattan as they are very frequent from East Brunswick. Also, school are excellent!
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Splitting time between Dayton, NJ and Needmore, PA
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We are planning to buy a house in EB on coleman Road.
Does anyone has reviews about that street and the surroundings..?
Any advice/suggestions on the school and the commute pls
My husband will be commuting to jersey city and I will be gng to downtown NYC.
We are planning to drive ..how bad is the traffic?
please advice.
I cannot comment on the neighborhood specifically, but the area of the township is off Summerhill Road and near Route 18. This is good as it gives you relatively quick access to the East Brunswick Library along Ryders Lane and Brunswick Square Mall. From what I remember when friends lived near the area, the homes were nicely kept and families generally lived in them.

As for commuting, I heartily agree with the others who counsel against trying to drive into NYC. Even if I know I am going to be touching base with several clients in the City, there is no way I am going to subject myself to the traffic in the Helix or over the George Washington Bridge. It is far better to take a short drive up to the East Brunswick Transportation Center by the former Sam's Club and get the Line 400 bus to the Port Authority with a brisk walk downtown. Or take a bit longer drive up to the Hilton Hotel by Exit 9 and get the Line 600 which terminates at Wall Street. Here are some links that may be of help.

EBCommuter Group on Yahoo!

Coach USA (Suburban Transit) Line 400 Schedule

The Line 600 Schedule is currently down. However, you should be able to get to it using the link above and searching for that bus line.

East Brunswick Township Website

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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Good area, but i am not fan of Rt 18 as I have looked into houses there because of all the traffic and lights.

I am sure you can find other ways to where you have to go, but that prob. involves in-town driving and some more lights.

I would check all possible routes and possibly drive around the times you plan to commute in advance to get a sense of what you are looking at.

PS - if you don't mind, why EB? There are other towns in great areas where you can get to the city via train such as Edison, or Colonia or possibly even drive (however, you will hit some sort of traffic in the morning no matter where you are driving from IMO getting into NYC)
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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East Brunswick has much better schools than both Edison and Colonia- its a totally different town.
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