Kunal Singh, Home Buyer in Jersey City, NJ

How is commute from Westfield to NY Midtown? Is there a jitney to commute to train station?

Asked by Kunal Singh, Jersey City, NJ Sat Feb 23, 2013

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Donna Perch’s answer
Teri, they have been talking about a jitney for the last 15 years.

We are coming closer to a one seat ride with the purchase of the new duel fuel engines. That are both diesel and electric. The remaining problem is the lack of tunnel capacity.

I hope that clarifies things.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
Hi Kunal,
The commute from Westfield to NYC takes about one hour. There is a waiting list for the parking permit, but you can buy a day passes for $5/day. However, they sell-out quickly, so one better be there before 7:30. Unfortunately, there is no direct train to Penn Station, you will need to transfer in Newark. I know that many prefer bus to Port Authority. New Jersey Transit's 113 route to New York City's Port Authority seven days per week from the town center, taking approximately one hour to NYC.
Towns like South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn, Summit, Chatham, Madison are along the NJ midtown direct line, hence providing much better commute to NYC.
Also, West Orange and Livingston do have a jitney to the South Orange train station.

Best of luck,
Armin Lusinyants
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2013
No Jitney at this moment ... really would be the perfect solution to parking. That said, the commute is about 45 to 55 min by train, changing trains in Newark. Another solution is to drive to Rahway and park there ($75 to $90 per mo). Train to New York is 45 mins, but you don't have to change trains.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
No, but often you can walk to bus that takes you direct to port authority.
There is a bus stop at 22 & Lawrence ave that is very convenient.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 15, 2013
FYI. There is talk of establishing a "jitney" like they have in Maplewood once the mid-town direct train line is established (they have to electrify the lines, as I understand it).

I'm a 10 year Realtor in Westfield and would be happy to help if you don't already have a Realtor.

Teri Malone
Weichert Realtors
Cell: 732-423-2792
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
Hi Kunal,

Westfield is a great town and the commute to mid-town is very doable. Hence the wait for a parking permit at the train station lot.

The others that have posted are all correct, that it is a transfer in Newark or a straight run on the bus.

My husband, Murray, has run the kiosk at the train station for over 20 years, there you can pick up your morning paper, coffee, tea, bagel etc..

Monthly parking can also be arranged with some of the local businesses,

The other option is driving to Rahway train station, commuters who live on the far south side do this for two reasons, parking and a one seat ride to Penn Station, NYC.

If you have any other questions about Westfield, I have been a Realtor here for almost 25 years.

Donna Perch
Coldwell Banker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
There are a large number of Westfielders who work in NYC -- both downtown and midtown. They use a variety of transportation options -- from driving (very few do this!), to taking NJ Transit (either the Raritan Valley train line, or bus service). Indeed there is a waiting list for the municipal parking lot, but many of the homes here in Town are a short walk to the station (I've also seen some commuters ride bikes to the station!). If your home is further from the station, there are several options, including carpooling with a neighbor, having a spouse/partner drop you off at the station in the morning, or, some people will drive to Cranford (where there's a parking garage).

While it does take some planning for your commute, most Westfielders will say it's worth it -- it's a great Town, with well-ranked Schools and activities for all interests. I both live and work in Westfield and would be happy to provide additinal information about Westfield has to offer.

Marilyn Holda-Fleck
Prudential NJ Properties-Westfield Office
Cell/Text: 908-456-0779
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 24, 2013
Just as an fyi, if you want to expand your search - Livingston's jitney service involves parking at the Livingston Mall (free parking) and taking the jitney ($2 each way & 15 min) to the S. Orange train station. The MidTown Direct train is a 35 mintute ride from S. Orange, direct to Penn Station in Manhattan.

Other "train towns" that offer the non-stop direct service are: Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, Summit, Chatham, Madison and Morristown and Montclair.

Your options will depend on your budget, as most of these towns can be pricey.

My website has a number of links for town information you might find useful.

Best wishes!
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2013

Westfield is a very commuter friendly town. There are both trains and buses that can get you into NYC. For the trains, you need to switch in Newark, then into midtown Manhattan. The buses go direct to the Port Authority.

Unfortunately, there are no jitneys that traverse town doing pickups to the train station. You have to get there on your own.

For a schedule of buses, you can visit http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0113.pdf

For the train schedule, go to http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo

I hope that help!!

Tg Glazer
Coldwell Banker
209 Central Ave.
Westfield, NJ 07090
732-682-7299 (cell)
908-233-5555 x234 (office)
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