The length of your commute is an important consideration when looking for a new place to live. Unfortunately, the perfect apartment or home won’t seem ideal for very long if getting to work takes longer than you would like. Fortunately, Frenchtown offers a convenient location if you work in New York City. The quaint town is far from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet still within easy commuting distance of the city.
Planning to Drive to New York City?
If you plan to commute to New York City from Frenchtown, you certainly won’t be alone. In fact, New Jersey is becoming the city’s primary source of new commuters, according to a report from NYC Planning. The report notes that 900,000 people commute from Outer New Jersey, an area that includes Frenchtown.
Driving just may be the most convenient way to reach New York City. When you drive, you won’t be at the mercy of bus or train schedules and can choose the best time and route for you.
Although you’ll find plenty of ways to reach the city, Everittstown Road to Meclin Corner Road to I-78 offers an easy drive to lower Manhattan via the Holland Tunnel.
You’ll pay about $11.75 during off-peak times and $13.75 during peak times to travel through the tunnel. Peak times are 6 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Your trip to the city will probably take about 1 ½ hours, depending on traffic. The Crossing Time App provides real-time information on travel time and speed for the Holland Tunnel and other bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The App works with both iOS and Android phones.
The Bus Offers Another Option
When you leave the driving to someone else, you won’t have to worry about navigating heavy traffic or wear and tear on your car. During your commute, you can enjoy the views outside your window, do a little work or catch up on sleep on the way to the city.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trans-Bridge Lines offered an NYC bus trip with a convenient stop in Frenchtown. Although that service has been temporarily suspended, you can still take the bus if you’re willing to drive to the park and ride lot located at Beaver Avenue at Old Allerton Road in Clinton.
A roundtrip ticket to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 625 8th Avenue costs about $57.90 from Clinton. The ride takes 1 ½ hours during rush hour.
Riding the Rails to New York City
If the train is your commuting preference, you’ll only have to drive about 20 minutes to reach New Jersey Transit’s Annandale Station. The station, part of the Raritan Valley Line, is located at Main and East Streets in Clinton. The Raritan Valley Line includes stops at North Bridge, Bridgewater, Plainfield, Fanwood, Roselle Park and other stations, in addition to New York’s Penn Station.
The trip from Annandale Station takes about an hour and 45 minutes during rush hour. You’ll pay about $16.25 for a one-way ticket or $463 for a monthly pass. The NJ Transit Mobile App offers a convenient way to get real-time schedule information, buy and display tickets, purchase customizable FLEXPASS tickets, or see how full the train is before it arrives.
Offering a small-town atmosphere and convenient transportation options to New York City, Frenchtown is becoming an increasingly popular town to call home. If you’re considering moving to Frenchtown and are looking for a new apartment, take a look at Harrison Square, a future rental community along the Delaware River. Or, if you're looking to purchase a home, consider the 19 single-family attached homes that are being built in the heart of Frenchtown by clicking here. Either way, you will love where you live in Hunterdon County!