Commuting from Marlboro, New Jersey to New York City

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Real Estate Agent with Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro

 

You asked for it, you got it!!  As a realtor with a focus on the Marlboro area, one question I get asked over and over again is... "What can you tell me about the commute to New York City?" 

 

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How about...

"EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMUTING FROM MARLBORO, NEW JERSEY!!!" 

Myself, my husband, my Dad and many friends have commuted to the New York City area for years and years!

The important questions to start with are where are you going (Midtown vs. Downtown) and how do you prefer to get there (bus or train).

 

 

 

BUS

Travel to Midtown Manhattan (Port Authority)

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With sheltered bus stops along the Route 9 corridor, New Jersey Transit carries riders to New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, located in Midtown Manhattan on 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

NJ Transit Bus Route #139 (Route 9 all local Stops).  Click for NJ Transit Bus Route #139 Schedule.

From the Union Hill Road stop, New Jersey Transit's 7:01 am bus will get you to the Port Authority at 8:09 am (1 hr 8 mins).  I did confirm with friends that the total trip time is pretty consistent, barring any unforeseen events.

NJ Transit bus tickets can be purchased at the Penny Pantry on Texas Road in Marlboro or in Manalapan, at the Deli near the Gordon's Corner Road stop or the Gulf Station on Ryan Road.

One way fare for NJ Transit from Union Hill Road is $13.75 with a monthly pass costing $324. 

 

Travel to Downtown Manhattan (Wall Street Area)

Academy Bus Lines services the Downtown Manhattan and Wall Street area commuters.

Academy Bus Line is the Route 9 to Wall Street.  Click for Academy's Route 9 to Wall Street Bus Schedule.   

From the Union Hill Road stop, Academy's 7:01 am bus will get you to the Wall Street Area at 8:17 am (1 hr, 16 mins). 

Academy bus tickets can be purchased at the Penny Pantry on Texas Road in Marlboro or in the Pond Road Shopping Center in Freehold.  There is also Academy Bus tickets sold at the Gordons Corner Stop, however there may be limited hours.

One way fare for Academy is $16 with a monthly pass costing $340). 

 

Marlboro Township Commuter Parking

Marlboro Township has commuter parking lot on Union Hill Road which requires an annual permit.  If you would like to put your name on the waiting list for a parking permit in Marlboro, please call the Municipal Clerk's office at (732) 536-0200 x505.

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There is also daily parking available near the Union Hill Road Park and Ride (past Home Depot, on the left side of Union Hill), which does not require a permit.

Additional commuter parking is available in Manalapan and provided by Vornado Shopping Center (Best Buy) (Route 9 and Craig Road) in designated spaces.  This is on a first come-first served basis and no fee is charged or permit is required.

Finally, Marlboro has a reciprocal agreement with Manalapan Township for 100 commuter parking places.  Should a resident of Marlboro desire to obtain a permit in the Manalapan Township lot, please call the Manalapan Municipal Clerk at (732) 446-8316 to have your name put on the waiting list. Since they only give 100 spots to Marlboro residents, the wait will be long.

 

TRAIN

For folks who prefer taking the train, New NJ Transit TrainJersey Transit offers rail service via the North Jersey Coast Line to New York's Penn Station (8th Avenue and 31st Street). 

The closest train station is Aberdeen-Matawan, approximately 25 minutes north east of Manalapan.  Click for NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line Schedule.

The 7:17 am train will get you into Penn Station at 8:00.

NJ Transit Rail Tickets can be purchased at the Aberdeen-Matawan Station.

One way fare is $13.75 with a monthly pass costing $386.

There are four commuter lots at the Matawan Train Station.  Two are controlled by Matawan Borough (732-290-2004) and two by Aberdeen Township (732-583-4200).  Contact the municipal clerk in each town to request to be placed on the waiting lists for a parking permit, although the waiting lists are years long!  The Lots 1 and 4 are by permit only.  Lots 2 and 3 offer daily parking for $3/day.  The daily lots fill early, usually by 6:30 am!  No permit is required in any of the lots after 11:00 am, with cars needing to be gone by 4:00 am.  All lots are free, with no permit required, on the weekends.

 


TRAVEL TO JERSEY CITY

More recently, I have been having people asking about commuting to Jersey City.  As such, I thought it would be helpful to include some information on that commute as well.

NJ Transit Bus Route #63 (Express) or #64 (Local).  Click for NJ Transit Bus Route #63 and #64 Schedule.

New Jersey Transit runs buses from Marlboro to Jersey City, through Hoboken and ultimately ending up in Weehawken.  Buses run approximately every 8-10 minutes between 5:30 am and 7:45 am.  The last bus to Marlboro leaves Jersey City at approximately 6:45 pm.

The 7:04 am (Express) gets you to Exchange Place (Jersey City) at 8:14 am (1 hour, 10 minutes total). 

One way bus fare is $10 with a monthly pass costing $263.

You may also consider taking the train from Aberdeen-Matawan to the Newark/Penn Station Stop and take the subway to the Jersey City Exchange Place Path Station.  Travel time, including the change of train would be just over an hour.

 

THE COMMUTING TAKEAWAY

If you are interested in a first-hand account of what it is like to commute from the Marlboro area, please feel free to give me a call!

The takeaway on commuting from Marlboro is that sure, some days it can be hectic, but the lifestyle is certainly worth it!  The closer you live to "the city," the more "city" it will be.  The higher the taxes, the smaller the lot sizes, the less "house" your money can buy.

As I mentioned earlier, I commuted for years, as did most of my family and many of my friends.  For this post, went back and asked many of them if they had any regrets about making the move and not a single one said yes!

 

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If you've taken the time to read this post, then you have probably done your fair share of commuting. 
I KNOW you'll appreciate a little commuting humor.  Check out my recent blog post...

Top 7, Sure-Fire Ways to Foul Up Your Commute.

 

 

 

(Information contained in this post is deemed reliable as of 1/1/2014, but cannot be guaranteed)

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Dec 25, 2010 01:15 PM #1
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Bill Len

Some additional info that may be helpful:

Parking:
- Park & Ride parking lot (the bus stop where the parking lot is): waiting list for a parking decal
- $2/day daily parking: anyone can park here - it's the parking lot that's in the 'union hill recreation complex'; To get there (walking directions): start from the Dunkin Donuts on Union Hill Road (on the same side of the street that dunkin donuts is on) and cross the road at the traffic light that's there (to your left is home depot). Walk along union hill road and shortly you'll see an area on the left (same side of the street that you're walking on) with athletic fields and a parking lot. Pay at the machine that's there.

Bus Stops:
- Marlboro Park & Ride: it's the obvious, covered bus stop that's in the park & ride parking lot area. Ticket machine is there.
- "Marlboro - Union Hill and Route 9": you can see this bus stop from the Marlboro Park & Ride bus stop; if you walk from the Marlboro Park & Ride bus stop, through the parking lot, it's a small, covered bus stop that's on the off-ramp from route 9 going onto Union Hill Road (there's a small strip mall with Carlo's pizza in there - as of 4/19/2016). Ticket machine is not there; if you want to buy a ticket, walk to the Marlboro Park & Ride stop and buy it there.

Marlboro to/from Port Authority:
- NJ Transit 139 - bus stops: Marlboro Park & Ride or "Marlboro - Union Hill and Route 9" - need to check schedule. Usually a particular bus does not stop at both stops.
- Going to NYC is never an issue; there's never a problem with getting a seat
- Coming back from Port Authority - you line up at the gate (e.g. gate 321); during rush hour, there is a chance that you won't get on and you'll have to wait for the next one (10-15 minutes). It's organized, but it's still annoying.

Marlboro to/from Wall Street:
- Academy-only - bus stops: Marlboro Park & Ride or "Marlboro - Union Hill and Route 9" - need to check schedule
- NOTE: at ~7am, I saw people waiting along Union Hill Road (e.g. at Union Hill Road and Lindsay Drive) at unmarked bus stops, waiting for the Academy Bus to wall street. They told me that the bus will stop for them if they wave it down (instead of their walking to the bus stop at the park & ride or the union hill & route 9).

To/From NYC Fares (and what's accepted on the bus):
- You can buy a bus pass (single, round trip, 10-day, monthly) at the ticket machine at the Marlboro Park & Ride bus stop.
- Driver accepts cash; however, their ability to give you change varies and is not guaranteed. On the Academy (to/from Wall Street) and the NJ Transit (139 - to/from wa)
- Note: On the bus, there's no 'money machine' where you put tickets, cash or coins into; you hand everything to the driver

Marlboro to Route 18 (East Brunswick mall) & New Brunswick (New Brunswick train station):
- This is a pain in the neck. You have to take any bus (139, 67, 64H, etc - except if it's a NYC express) from "Marlboro Union Hill and Route 9" OR from the "Marlboro Park & Ride" bus stop to the Fairway Lane stop. Pay $3.60, tell the driver you're getting off at Fairway Lane, and need a transfer for the 818 to go to New Brunswick (or the East Brunswick mall, etc.).
- Note that drivers may not have change.
- At the fairway lane stop, get on the 818 bus (it only runs once every hour). This bus is an old-style bus - hard seats. You need to have exact change or the transfer. The driver does NOT accept your money; you need to put it into the money machine next to the driver. If you get on w/o a transfer, the fare is $2.35.
- Coming back to Marlboro, take the 818 (pay the fare with exact change, ask for a transfer) and get off the Fairway lane stop. Cross the street to take any bus stopping at Fairway lane and going back to Marlboro. IMPORTANT: the 818 stops at different stops (not always fairway lane) depending on the time of day. Check the schedule.

Some additional info:
- All the buses to/from NYC (whether NJ Transit to/from Port Authority or Academy to/from Wall Street) are the nice buses with nice seats
- I live between the Marlboro Park & Ride and Wawa. The train is not close; the bus is very close.
- If you're getting on the bus along route 9, you need to wave the bus down (especially if you're taking one of the buses that doesn't go to/from NYC). It's a good idea to have a flashlight (e.g. flashlight app on the smart phone) when it's dark outside.

Apr 19, 2016 01:37 PM #2
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Bill Len

Update for the daily parking lot (this is the parking lot where you don't need a parking decal):
- it is $3/day (effective 04/01/2016)
- it's a little less than 1/10 of a mile on Union Hill Road from the traffic light at Home Depot
- There is a white sign that says 'Marlboro Township. Recreation & Parks Commission' on the top and 'Union Hill Recreation Complex' on the bottom
- Not far from that white sign, you'll see the parking ticket machine (there's a large red sign with a white letter, 'P', near it)

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