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