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,
Hi John, The 114 stop in Mountainside does not offer any parking. If you need a park and ride alternative the best bet for Union Cty is: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/rideshare/prunion.shtm. Pick your preferred location.
I also suggest the Summit Train station. Probably the best bet for commuters from Mountainside (trains run frequently NYC Midtown Direct stop). I commuted into NYC by train for many years, used the bus occasionally. I preferred train service and comfort over the bus. Getting around NYC was never a hassle whether I walked/subway or cabbed it from Penn Station vs Port Authority. My Penn Station walk up 7th Avenue was rather pleasurable to my 43rd and Broadway destination.... more