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Old 10-07-2012, 03:47 AM
 
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Hello everyone
I currently live and work in jersey city. I'm looking to move to Pennsylvania. I'm gonna have to make the commute everyday. I really don't know much about Pa. I was told its cheaper to live there. I don't mind to be about an hr and a half away. Any info would help me. Thanks :)
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:10 AM
 
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Hello everyone
I currently live and work in jersey city. I'm looking to move to Pennsylvania. I'm gonna have to make the commute everyday. I really don't know much about Pa. I was told its cheaper to live there. I don't mind to be about an hr and a half away. Any info would help me. Thanks
Transbridge Lines has two buses every weekday leaving from Clinton NJ on I78 to both Exchange Place-Montgomery at Hudson and Newport Centre Tower . The cycle is 12 hours with one hour one the bus, ten hours in Jersey City, and one hour return. The first one leaves at 5:40 the second leaves an hour later. In theory you could take the second bus and return on the first, but given some walk time to your office it would probably be too short of a work day.

If you don't want to drive to Clinton NJ there are two other pick up places in Northampton County PA. One is near the ABE airport, and the second is at the Park and Ride on Route 33 and Easton Avenue (between route 22 and I78). Of course you will spend more time on the bus. The toll to drive from NJ into PA is $1 (no toll from PA into NJ).

The driving tolls of $1 plus $2.45 x 2 = $4.90 for the NJ turnpike, plus gasoline + parking + wear and tear on your automobile means that most people they would rather pay the $22 daily round trip fare on the bus (assumes you pre-pay a commuter package of 40 one way tickets usable in a 30 day period). But if you have free parking at work and you have an efficient commuter car or you can arrange car sharing than the decision may favor driving. It is 50 miles from Clinton NJ to Jersey City.

It is certainly much cheaper to live in PA than in NJ. But details depend on if you are a renter, if you have a family, if you care about school districts, if you want to live in town, etc.


For an example of golf community in PA but very near the NJ border
Look at Morgan Hill homes and condos

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:24 AM
 
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Here is a spacious home (20 years old) that is about 600 yards from the freeway, so it should be fairly quiet. It's at a price and tax rate that you would never see in New Jersey. The advantage of this home is that is only 1 mile from the Park and Ride where you can catch the 90 minute bus to Jersey City. In a pinch you could walk it, but more practically your spouse could drop you off so that you don't tie up a car for the day.

Vermont Dr # 5124 Easton City, PA 18045
For Sale $248,000
ZestimateĀ® $233,953
Beds:4 Baths:3 Sqft:3,600 Lot:0.40 acres Type:Single Family Year built:1992
Tax Assessment $107,100 -> taxes (school, county, township) $6835 per year
Previous purchase
08/21/2003:$291,000
08/01/1992:$203,575 (new)

Normally, this type of home is the reason people commute from NJ. They want space and are willing to spend $500 a month and 3 hours of their time in a bus to get it. The $500 is probably more than offset by the lower taxes and lower mortgage payment. The 3 hours you try to learn to sleep through.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Where I live in Allentown I can be at Liberty State Park in Jersey City in approx 80 mts depending on traffic.
Easton is right across the river from Phillipsburg, NJ and would cut your commute time down to an hour each way again depending on traffic.

Depending on where in Jersey City you are working this could be very doable.
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