The North Jersey Coast Line train from either Little Silver or Middletown,
The Bus from either Lincroft or The PNC center,
The ferry from the Highlands area, or
Driving via the Garden State Parkway.
Each one has pros and cons:
The train is probably most cost-effective, but also most time-consuming.
The bus is good but you have to wait outside for the bus to arrive,
and in bad weather or summer Fridays, the traffic is bad.
The ferry is fastest, but probably most expensive.
Driving is good, you don't have to live by a schedule, and if there is
no traffic, your commuting time will be the best. The negatives are,
between gas, tolls, parking once you get to NY, and wear and tear
it could be very costly, not to mention the stress of driving in each day.
It really boils down to each person's individual preference,
but those are your choices.
Good luck, I hope you find the one that is right for you!
Neighbors Drive into Brooklyn.We have taken the train from Matawan into Penn Station.
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I am a big fan of ferry service, and have traveled on both Seastreak (Highlands and Atlantic Highlands) and NY Waterways (Belford) many times. However, few commuters from Colts Neck actually travel by ferry. By the time you drive from Colts Neck to one of the ferry docks, then commute to NY, you can hit 1.5hr commute time, depending upon where in NYC you will travel. The ferry is pricier than train or bus, also. I am a huge fan of the ferry, but find that most of the ferry commuters are living in towns closer to the NJ ferry docks.
If you live in Colts Neck and need to commute to the city, you can use the NYC bus, and park your car in the lot at GSP Exit 109.
The most popular form of public transportation from Colts Neck is probably the train or driving. Middletown train station is easily accessible. A few Colts Neck residents do catch the train at Little Silver or Red Bank.
Part of your decision may be guided by where you will travel in the City. If you are commuting to lower Manhattan/Wall Street, don't rule the ferry out, but perhaps make a dry test run from the Colts Neck location to the ferry dock.
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