Best Connecticut Towns to Commute to NYC or Manhattan

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Black Rock Connecticut Train StationBest Towns to Commute to NYC from Connecticut
The shoreline towns in Connecticut closest to the New York border offer the shortest commuting times to New York City, whether by car or train. Most commuters prefer to use the train rather than drive into the city, but I have done both over the years. I've commuted from New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, and the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. When I was completing my Ph.D. at Columbia University, I drove my car, but when I began working in mid-town, commuting by train was easier and more productive (thanks to laptop computers).
If you are thinking of moving to Connecticut and commuting to Manhattan, you'll want to consider not just the train ride itself, but also the wait list for the train station parking lot. Based on information compiled from two articles, "Train commuters cope with parking shortage" by John Christoffersen of Associated Press in the 7/9/12 edition of the Connecticut Post and "Fairfield Metro Shrinks Town Parking List" in the 4/4/12 edition of the Fairfield Daily Voice, I'm summarizing the wait list situation of several popular commuting towns:
Darien - wait is about 7 years, town has no plans to expand parking at present
Fairfield - has three stations, including the new Fairfield Metro station within a mile radius of most residents Black Rock - wait list is down to 2 years due to the new Fairfield Metro station - more parking spaces are planned on Hentry Carter Drive for the downtown train station - day parking is readily available at the Fairfield Metro station, but scarce at the downtown Fairfield station
Rowayton (part of Norwalk) - wait of 1 year or less
Stratford - waiting list of 770 for half that number in spaces, next person in line has been on wait list since 2007
Westport - wait is about 4-5 years
Best Towns for Commuters Needing Parking
Based on the information above the Rowayton section of Norwalk, Fairfield, and the Black Rock section of Bridgeport offer the best commuting options. Rowayton is a lovely seaside village in Norwalk, Fairfield is a large town the size of Bridgeport with beaches and a vibrant downtown area, and Black Rock is another lovely seaside village situated on the border of Fairfield and Bridgeport. Of the three locations, Rowayton is the priciest, then Fairfield. Black Rock is the most affordable of the three communities and has easy access to the newest train station.
If you haven't heard of Black Rock, you should take a quick look. It may be your best commuting option to New York City given the ample Day Parking, short wait for permit parking, and express trains that take just over an hour. Check out Black Rock at
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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Gail congratulations on the Black Rock section of Bridgeport being voted one of the "Best Towns In Connecticut To Commute to NYC or Manhattan"

Aug 19, 2012 08:23 AM #1
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Gail,

Just came to say Thank You for visting my post: One of the Most Beautiful Classical Pieces.. I am glad you liked it.

As a matter of fact, my son (when he was 12) played Moonlight Sonata at the piano competition.. I do have a YouTube video. Maybe I will write one of my future posts about it :)

I LOVE Moonlight Sonata as well... It is such a dramatic, soulful piece!

Have a wonderful week!

Aug 19, 2012 11:37 AM #2
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

George - There was no contest that I know of, but if there is one, I will be voting for Black Rock.  You know that!

Tatyana - I look forward to seeing the video!  You are so talented!

Aug 19, 2012 11:54 AM #3
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Gail this is a very informative post for any commuter in CT.   Commuting is more than the train ride.  If you can't find a place to park that can be frustrating.

Aug 20, 2012 03:35 PM #4
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