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What are the commute options in Livingston to Manhattan besides the bus?

Asked by , Sat May 9, 2009

My wife and I are considering Livingston as a community since we have 2 young children and the school system is excellent. My big concern is the commute. I work in Manhattan and definitely do not want to take the bus. What are the driving options to trains? Are there neighboring towns you can drive to and get permit parking for the train station. I heard Harrison or Newark for the Path is an option as well. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Dear Elliot Hermann,

As far school systems are concerned, I agree with your choice 100%. The school system in Livingston is ranked very high in the state and the town offers variety of homes and townhomes for all budgets. As to commute it depends if you are looking to commute to Downtown or to Midtown.

If you are looking to take the bus to midtown there are buses from town doing that or the West Orange Arena. If you are looking to get to the train you have the option of getting a permit to park either in S. Orange or take the Free Jitney (Shuttle) from West Orange that will take you to either Orange or S. Orange train stations. Rencently West Orange added a new line going on Prospect Ave. where there is a big parking lot and you don't have to worry about paying to park your car. You can find more information on the town's website http://www.westorange.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={C8…

As you mentioned in your question, there is also the possibility of driving to Harrison train station and take the path if you are looking to go downtown. S. Orange and Orange trains will allow you to switch to the Path on their way. You can find more information about the trains at http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=Hom…

I moved to the area 5 years ago from Brooklyn and my husband commutes daily to downtown. He usually drives but when the weather is bad he drives to Harrison. Many residents in Livingston commute on a daily basis via buses and some use the trains. It's usually about an hour commute.

I am not sure if you have chosen your realtor at this point, if not, my partner Sharon and I (Karen) would be excited to be considered. We work in the Essex, Morris and Union counties mainly. You can reach us via email or to our direct cell phones for more information or assistance.

Good luck with the house hunting - It is a GREAT time to buy!
Sharon Avram (201) 738-3158 and Karen Abramson (917) 294-0356
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Hi, Elliot Hermann,

If you're looking for a train connection, Montclair and Millburn are probably your two best choices. Having taught in Montclair for 37 years, I can assure you that it's a commuter's paradise. Trains run frequently and can be accessed at several locations.

I would be more than happy to provide further information. Please email your questions to louisenj1@me.com.
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Yes :harrrison is an option and good connection to the path train. You can also drive to summit for the mid town direct with non stop to penn station during rush hours. Visit my web site for helpful links including njtransit . I have lived in livingston for 18 years and it is a wonderful place for families.my family went through the school system and it's tops! Let me know is you want any additional info..I love talking about our town.
Carol eisenstein
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Hi Elliot
Well - here are your options:
Yes, you can drive to Harrison via rt 280 (about 20 min), park, and take the Path train. Many commuters do this. It's a viable option.

As far as getting a permit parking in a train town - S. Orange does have a NJ Transit lot, so you don't have to live there to get a parking permit (that's the good news)...... but the waiting list is very long (last time I called, it was 5-7 years - that's the bad news). Montclair is about a 20 min drive from Livingston, depending on where you are in Livingston, and there had been parking available in the fairly new NJ Transit lot near Montclair State University. Please visit my web site for train and bus route information links..

Unfortunately, most of the other 'train towns" only give permits to residents.

The bus is the other option. If you don't mind a short drive to the park and drive area in W. Orange, near the WO arena, you can get express busses in the morning, shortening the commute time.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any other questions. I would welcome the opportunity to help you.
Good luck with your move!
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