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NFT: Commuting Question: How would you get to Raritan, NJ

pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 10:43 am
from Boston?

My options:

Drive. It's around a 4 hour drive based on distance without traffic considerations.

Fly. Fly from Logan to Newark (?) and rent a car or Uber to Raritan. This option sucks IMO. It's an hour to Logan from my house (with traffic, ~30 min without, but there is never no traffic), then say you get there an hour before the flight, between taxiing and landing/deplaning it's an hour to 90 min, the the hassle of airports, etc. before even commuting from Newark to Raritan. In the end you have the stress of air travel combined with no time savings. lose/lose.

Train. Better than flying, Acela to Newark is 5 stops for me, plus it's convenient (can work on train, etc.), but what do I do at Newark Penn station, rent a car and drive to Raritan? It's what? 40 min or so? Only advantage over driving is I don't need to worry about traffic as much, and I can work on the train, but getting in and out of Penn Station has been a shit show lately.

I guess what I'm trying to figure out is there a better option than driving. Seems like train might be the only consideration.

there's trains out to Raritan  
giants#1 : 3/21/2019 10:51 am : link
directly from Newark Penn.

Flying should be the last option. You're another 45-60 min from EWR to Raritan without traffic. I live close to Raritan and had to do the reverse commute to outside Boston (and will again later this Spring) and I just chose to drive. Pretty easy drive.
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Flying seems like too much  
Chris684 : 3/21/2019 10:52 am : link
Driving is always my preferred if reasonable and driving at a time when I don't have to contend with rush hour traffic.

Acela is great. From Newark Penn you'd be looking to hop on the Raritan Valley Line which stops at Raritan station.
Yeah, I guess I'll just drive  
pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 10:58 am : link
if the Acela was closer I'd probably take that and cab/uber around as needed, but seems too far from Newark/Acela stop and I'm so spoiled at this point (on business travel) I'd take a cab/uber before a local train.
Thanks for the replies  
pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 10:58 am : link
I'm going to delete in a few min.
Agree - train  
Jim in Fairfax : 3/21/2019 11:01 am : link
Once your at Penn Station get a NJ Transit train - Raritan Valley line. Trains on that line only run @ houtrly outside rush hour so plan accordingly.
Or, not  
Jim in Fairfax : 3/21/2019 11:03 am : link
:-)
Heading to the prison ?  
PatersonPlank : 3/21/2019 11:05 am : link
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RE: Heading to the prison ?  
pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 11:09 am : link
In comment 14351213 PatersonPlank said:
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If I play my cards right. I hear they have a great meal plan.
RE: Heading to the prison ?  
PatersonPlank : 3/21/2019 11:13 am : link
In comment 14351213 PatersonPlank said:
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Ha ha, I read this too fast. I thought it said Rahway. Never mind, you're ok to go
Money  
GF1080 : 3/21/2019 11:43 am : link
Is there any money consideration?
RE: Money  
pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 11:46 am : link
In comment 14351325 GF1080 said:
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Is there any money consideration?


Not sure, it's a business trip, so I normally would say no, but what do you have in mind? helicopter?
Drive is longer than 4.  
Dodge : 3/21/2019 11:53 am : link
It's 5.5 at the fastest assuming you don't eat or use the bathroom. I do this drive often.
Acela to Newark,  
clatterbuck : 3/21/2019 12:00 pm : link
NJ Transit (Raritan Valley Line) to Raritan.
RE: Drive is longer than 4.  
pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 12:01 pm : link
In comment 14351350 Dodge said:
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It's 5.5 at the fastest assuming you don't eat or use the bathroom. I do this drive often.


5 and a half? I can get past Philly in 5 and a half hours.

How are you going?
RE: RE: Money  
GF1080 : 3/21/2019 12:12 pm : link
In comment 14351332 pjcas18 said:
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In comment 14351325 GF1080 said:


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Is there any money consideration?



Not sure, it's a business trip, so I normally would say no, but what do you have in mind? helicopter?


Haha no but the Acela can get pricey just was wondering. Just fly into Newark take the train to Newark-Penn and then train to Raritan.
Take the Train to Raritan But  
Samiam : 3/21/2019 12:20 pm : link
Itís a long slow ride from Newark to Raritan. Plus, if you go nonrush hour, they run about every hour. That said, itís probably your best choice
May I ask why your going  
Bubba : 3/21/2019 1:35 pm : link
to Raritan? Its my hometown.
RE: May I ask why your going  
pjcas18 : 3/21/2019 1:37 pm : link
In comment 14351586 Bubba said:
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to Raritan? Its my hometown.


One of my clients is located there, I have a business meeting.
Enjoy  
Bubba : 3/21/2019 1:40 pm : link
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