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Old 11-19-2008, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Rahway
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Hi all,

I have the opportunity to interview for a job in Morristown. I live in Rahway. Google maps says I would take the Parkway to 78W, to 24W, to 287S (briefly).

Does anyone know how the traffic would be on this route? I don't know the area well enough to know if I would be going against traffic or not.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: The Communist State of NJ
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What time of the day? But I can say now, if it is anywhere near peak times, it will be horrible.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Rahway
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Yeah, it would be peak times - normal 9-5 job. That is what I was afraid of
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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I was doing Rahway to Basking Ridge for about a month and a half this past summer. Traffic going from 78 West to 24 West was ATROCIOUS. Fortunately, my route called for me to stay on 78 West, which was pretty clear the vast majority of the time, but nearly every day, I was passing miles worth of cars going from 78 to 24 that were just not moving.

If you like Google maps, try testing how much longer it would be to keep going west on 78 and then cut up to 287 (on Mt. Airy Rd or something similar), taking that north to Morristown. If it's not that much longer distance-wise, you could end up saving a lot of time.

Note that since I didn't take 24 West, I'm not sure how bad the traffic was once you left 78. But I was grateful every morning that I wasn't headed that way.

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Old 11-19-2008, 10:41 AM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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The Rt 24 exit ramp onto Rt 287 South will be problematic, to say the least. You can get off an exit earlier onto Columbia Tpke, and attempt to enter into Morristown that way, depending on the location of where your job is.

Also, there are two other kinks: the first is the exit ramp from 78 to 24 is sometimes a problem, and then at the Short Hills Mall, you lose a lane on 24. I don't know if 24 has been since widened through Morris County. If it hasn't yet, it really needs to be.

It seems just like yesterday that road was opened, however, if memory serves me, it opened in November 1992, 16 years ago.
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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all three (78, 24 & 287) can get extremely busy; if it is an interview plan to reach the location at least 45 minutes before the schedule - to allow traffic congestions, etc. trust me - 20 minutes before the interview relaxing in your car or drinking coffee at a nearby coffee shop is going to be way more comforting than driving to the location.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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I live in Edison, I work in Dover. Rt1-GSP-78-24-287. Getting through the tolls and onto 78 is a bottle neck and then on 24 near the shorthills mall is another where it slows down bad. I leave in the morning around 7:30 and I always make it in before 9 (unless there is a big accident, then it can take 3 hours). When I leave around 5-6 (very rare) I'm home in about an hour 45 min. I usually leave around 8-9 and im home in 50 min.
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Old 11-19-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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I live in Edison, I work in Dover. Rt1-GSP-78-24-287. Getting through the tolls and onto 78 is a bottle neck and then on 24 near the shorthills mall is another where it slows down bad. I leave in the morning around 7:30 and I always make it in before 9 (unless there is a big accident, then it can take 3 hours). When I leave around 5-6 (very rare) I'm home in about an hour 45 min. I usually leave around 8-9 and im home in 50 min.
So, Rob,

What I am reading here is you leave for work at 7:30 am then you don't get home until about 9:30 pm?
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Rahway
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Ugh, yeah - Rob's commute is exactly what I was afraid of! As it is, I leave at 7:15 & get home at 6:30. Thanks for all the replies.
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Old 11-19-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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Ugh, yeah - Rob's commute is exactly what I was afraid of! As it is, I leave at 7:15 & get home at 6:30. Thanks for all the replies.
When it comes to living in NJ, in 2008 anyway, that is now one of the negatives, unfortunately. People are being forced to make increasingly long commutes, which unfortunately make for dislocated communities.
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