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Old 08-24-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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I just got a new job in NYC and my wife and I are looking for a place to live. Princeton / Princeton Junction looks nice but I have the following questions:

1) How long does the commute to NYC "really" take (i.e., to NY Penn Station)?
2) Is parking at the Princeton Junction train station still an issue?
3) How late can you get to the station and still get a daily parking spot?

Any other recommendations / words of advice?

Thank you in advance!!
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:58 AM
 
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There are very little spots at PJ and the commute is 110mins...
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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I do this commute daily and as long as long as you get an express train, it's 60-70 minutes. Very nice, civilized commute, as commutes go. As for parking, unless you're there ridiculously early, forget it.
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Old 08-24-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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Nexis4Jersey and sarahs20 are both about right on the times for local and express trains out of Princeton Junction. Just keep in mind that it is relative to track conditions up north from Newark Penn Station on in and weather.

The biggest issue at both stations is parking and will be for the foreseeable future. The Princeton Junction Station really need a four or five story deck to handle the number of people who want to use the station. Depending where you wind up living, it may make more sense to try for the Jersey Ave. Station, although those lots fill up also.

For those looking for NJ Transit Station and Parking Information, check out this link.
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:08 PM
 
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I do this commute daily and as long as long as you get an express train, it's 60-70 minutes. Very nice, civilized commute, as commutes go. As for parking, unless you're there ridiculously early, forget it.
60 to 70 minutes to Penn Station NYC?
even if this is correct add 10-15 minutes to get to the train+ 5 to 20 minutes to get from Penn Station to your office and it is easily close to 3 or 4 hours a day
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:54 PM
 
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The express (which is what most people working in NYC take) takes about 55 minutes. Add 10 minutes to get out of NYC PENN Station.

The beauty of Princeton Junction is that there's lots of express trains go from Princeton Junction straight to Newark.

Parking without a permit is almost impossible. I would recommend moving to Princeton Junction and driving an extra few miles to get on at Hamilton (where parking is easily available at all times) until you get a permit.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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The express (which is what most people working in NYC take) takes about 55 minutes. Add 10 minutes to get out of NYC PENN Station.

The beauty of Princeton Junction is that there's lots of express trains go from Princeton Junction straight to Newark.

Parking without a permit is almost impossible. I would recommend moving to Princeton Junction and driving an extra few miles to get on at Hamilton (where parking is easily available at all times) until you get a permit.
Or sometimes people take one of the NJT buses from different areas around the Princetons and Plainsboro (MarketFair for example).
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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Thank you everybody for the information - What is the reason that parking at the Hamilton station is available?
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Thank you everybody for the information - What is the reason that parking at the Hamilton station is available?
It was built mostly as a part ride , has a giant parking lot and garage....
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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Thank you everybody for the information - What is the reason that parking at the Hamilton station is available?
Hamilton has an oversized garage and parking lot for a suburban train station. It never fills up. Getting on at Hamilton adds 7 minutes to the trip I believe.
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