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Old 03-18-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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I am comig to Philadelphia to visit my daughter who just moved there and we are looking to get to New York, New York via public transportation with not using the Amtrak @ $412.00 round trip. Could I get some public transportation savy help. Please help a Chicago lady out. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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Check this thread

Living in the Chicago area you should be familiar with Megabus. BoltBus is very similar to Megabus but (IMO) a little nicer (though also usually a shade more expensive).
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:42 PM
 
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www.boltbus.com (stops outside of 30th Street Station)
low cost inter city travel (also stops outside of 30th Street Station or at 5th and Market)
Greyhound Home (12th and Filbert)

With Bolt and Megabus you must buy tickets online. With Greyhound, you can purchase them at the terminal, but it's cheaper to buy them online as well.

Bolt makes one stop in Cherry Hill; after 5th and Market Megabus makes no stops. With Greyhound be sure to get an express - that only stops in Mt. Laurel.


In addition you can take the R7 train to Trenton and transfer to NJTransit.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your responses and this is what I have gotten from Septa: to take the train from Media to Center City to 30th Station and then take R7 Trenton in NJ to NY, NY. Total cost $22.50 RT for one. Chicago has the subway/rail which is a train, however the bus system is the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) and the RTA is the Rail Transit Authority. My daughter (recent graduate as an engineer) was recently employed at Boeing and we just want to have a safe trip to New York. Do you think that taking the train is OK? It seems like you in the east relate to counties and not so much as towns as we do here in the Midwest. We just want to have a safe trip to New York. I apreciate all your input being that we are unfamiliar with the area. In Chi town we know what areas to avoid. Thanks again.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:13 PM
 
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You'll be fine taking the train.
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Old 03-19-2009, 07:20 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your responses however this is what I have received from Septa: to take the train from Media Station to R3 Center City and then the R7 to Trenton and thenthe New Jersey Transit to New York, New York. The total cost aproximately $30.00. Being from Chi (Chicago)town we have the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) which is a bus system and the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) the train (subway) system. The subway can be kinda scary as so can some of the landings on the bus. I am just trying to have a safe trip from Philly to New York. My daughter just graduated as an engineer and is now employed at Boeing and has only been relocated for the last 4 months and she is not that familair with the area. It also seems that people in the East refer to counties as we in the Midwest refer to Cities. Thank you for you help and will take your advise.
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:48 PM
 
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You will be fine taking the train.
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:48 PM
 
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Thank you very much for your responses however this is what I have received from Septa: to take the train from Media Station to R3 Center City and then the R7 to Trenton and thenthe New Jersey Transit to New York, New York. The total cost aproximately $30.00. Being from Chi (Chicago)town we have the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) which is a bus system and the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) the train (subway) system. The subway can be kinda scary as so can some of the landings on the bus. I am just trying to have a safe trip from Philly to New York. My daughter just graduated as an engineer and is now employed at Boeing and has only been relocated for the last 4 months and she is not that familair with the area. It also seems that people in the East refer to counties as we in the Midwest refer to Cities. Thank you for you help and will take your advise.
I'm not sure what you mean about cities and counties, if that's important to your question, please clarify.

I've lived in both Philly and Chicago, you really don't have anything to worry about taking the train here. The R3 and R7 are part of Regional Rail, which is the equivalent to the Metra, that's also what the NJ Transit is. There's very little difference between Regional Rail, NJ Transit, and Metra. If you are comfortable in terms of safety taking that, then you should be fine with these.

If it really concerns you, then you should just take Amtrak, it doesn't cost $400 (unless that's the cost for 4 people), it costs more like $100 round trip without any sort of discount. If that's what will give you peace of mind, then do that and try to use a discount to get a better ticket price (you can usually get it for closer to $80 round trip).

You should take the option that you are most comfortable with.

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Old 03-20-2009, 03:21 PM
 
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$8.25 - R3 media to Market East - round trip
$15.00 - R7 Market east to Trenton- round trip
$21.50 - NJ transit from Trenton to New York Penn station
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$44.75 - total round trip cost per person


to save a couple bucks you could drive to Trenton and take the train from there.
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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Man, just take the R3 to 30th street station, then take the Amtrak to NYP. The total cost will be about $100. There is no problem taking the trains. I am actually going from Philadelphia to NYP tomorrow.
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