Commuting from Princeton, NJ to NYC

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Jul 19 22 Comments

Due to family reasons need to move to Princeton, NJ or areas close by. it looks like it NYC is the obvious place to apply for jobs, due to the sheer number of companies there. how practical is the commute from Princeton to NYC? Not very familiar with the area.
Alternatively, what are some other locations to find dev jobs?

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  • Train is the best option. Just be aware that parking for the Princeton Junction train station is an absolute b*tch and there may be a wait list on the order of several years to get a reserved parking spot. If you can have someone pick you up and drop you off from the train, you'll be fine.
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      Trying to understand if it is possible to buy/rent at a place that is Uber-able. I mean till you secure a parking spot, would it be possible to just uber? Sounds expensive, but looking at google maps, there’s much other alternative if I don’t get a drop off.
      Jul 19
    • Not sure really. I guess you can try to find ubers at 7:30am? That might be a big pain in the ass though. Maybe look into the NJ Transit and/or Academy buses from Princeton to NYC as a temporary measure while you wait for your parking spot.
      Jul 19
    • While you wait for your parking spot you could conceivably drive all the way to work; or half way to Metro Park in Edison for the train; or to Jersey City to pick up the PATH. These are obviously suboptimal options but they'll get you to and from your destination if time isn't on your side to wait for Princeton parking.
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      Thanks again! Haven’t been able to find such info by googling - and don’t know anyone there to ask these. At least now I can form some route plans, and may optimize later. Thanks!
      Jul 19
  • Cisco / Eng rKId52
    You could also look for jobs in Philadelphia metro area, it's pretty easy drive to Princeton (about an hour or so) and there are a few fin tech companies there
    Jul 19 5
    • Cisco / Eng rKId52
      Also a lot of my friends used to commute an hour and a half by car, so it's not uncommon to be driving yourself around in the tri state area
      Jul 19
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      Thanks, good to know this - learned Linode and Comcast are here.
      Jul 19
    • Oracle alwzangry
      That commute is brutal though, with no savings in low traffic, and hella slow in snow.
      Jul 19
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      What about taking the Amtrak Keystone Service compared to driving to Philadelphia? (Just checking from google maps)
      Jul 19
    • Cisco / Eng rKId52
      That's works too, but tickets might be expensive
      Jul 19
  • Uber "$48"
    Njtransit to NYPenn station, fast train gets there in 50min. If you're in lower Manhattan, njtransit to newarkpenn station and transfer to PATH
    Jul 19 0
  • Pandora gY7Dw4z
    There’s a train to Penn station. About an hour commute.
    Jul 19 0
  • Bloomberg **NeWaY**
    You could rent or buy a place in Plainsboro/West-Windsor or South Brunswick township areas. Good place with a good school district, with a lot of commute options to NYC.

    If you want to travel by train, Princeton Junction train station parking has improved. There is plenty of space for daily parking. If you are looking for a monthly parking pass, there is probably a waiting list for that. During peak hours, there are express trains to NYC, which will get you into the city in 1-hour max (unless a track or technical issue pops up, which happens to be the case more often these days).

    Having said that, Trains are not the only commute option. There are NJ Transit buses (to NYC) that stop outside the apartment community (pretty much @ every apartment community), in the morning and evening. Buses normally get you into the city in 1 hr 20-30 mins.

    Irrespective of your commute choice, your best bet is to get to NYC early in the morning and leave NYC early in the evening.
    Jul 19 0
  • Facebook / Mgmt devlorax
    Not bad actually. There are a number of NJTransit express trains to NY Penn Station. It’ll take you a little under an hour from Princeton Junction Train Station to NY Penn. Then it just depends on where the office is located in NY. It’s really not a bad commute if you find a place close to the train in Princeton and find a job close to NYP. I’d focus on places in Manhattan. Going to Brooklyn will take a while.
    Jul 19 0
  • Merrill Lynch jvlo38
    Merrill Lynch tech is headquartered in Hopewell not far from Princeton.
    Jul 19 1
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      Didn’t realize that ML was still a separate entity from BAML - Must be the wealth management and not under global markets? used to work for global markets. Would be good to know how different it is from BAML in general - like the tech stack, culture.
      Jul 19
  • Expedia YEETUS 💰
    Can confirm the parking wait list is measured in years. You should apply today if possible
    Jul 19 0
  • Amazon YakyBezos
    Take trains. I take trains from Millburn to NYC everyday.
    Jul 19 0
  • Oracle alwzangry
    Very practical if you take the train. Many people do just that.
    Jul 19 0
  • Bloomberg 1337c4lyfe
    It’s a nightmare
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    Thank you for such quick responses! Have been stressing about this for a while - never had to mega-commute. Was delighted to see Bloomberg has an office in Princeton, started leeting with it in mind. Good to hear it wouldn’t be that bad.
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