One of the most frustrating commutes in America lies right on the east coast when workers head into the great New York City from New Jersey. Lucky for me, I get to partake in this commute five days a week. Since May of 2018, I have been commuting into the big apple for full time work and there is only one word that can describe it… hell.
Most people venture off into the big city because of the massive amounts of opportunity that it provides for people to advance their careers. Money is also a pulling factor that gets New Jersey natives to work in the slums of Manhattan. In this post, I plan on sharing my commuting routine on a daily basis so you can “take a seat” next to me and also reveal the one factor that ruins everything about this commute.
At 6:00 AM, the buzzer on the iPhone goes off signaling yet another long day. Let’s be honest, there is nothing worse than the iPhone alarm sound screaming at you to wake up. As a man, we usually take quicker to get dressed for the day, so even though I rise early, the covers are still on.
My commute usually begins at 7 AM when it is time to head to the train station which is about a 15 minute drive on a good day. During the fall and winter, that drive can easily turn into 30 minutes in a flash. For my job that I have just started in July, the train that I take usually comes in at 7:45 AM.
From the origin station (Radburn), my commute is off to Hoboken, New Jersey which is the final stop on that train line and the first part of the train commute is over. The train ride is about 30 minutes of pure standing while listening to music and podcasts. After the train reaches Hoboken, it is time to hop on the PATH train which takes me to the World Trade Center Station in Lower Manhattan. This next train ride takes about 10-15 minutes on any given day.
Lucky for me, I work in the iconic world trade center, so the walk to work is about 5 minutes as the station is under the building. In all, my commute and most of them at previous jobs can take anywhere from an hour and half to an hour and 45 minutes. Brutal.
What makes this seemingly calm commute hell? There is one answer and that is New Jersey Transit. From packed trains to delays and cancellations everyday, commuting is no longer enjoyable. The worst feeling about commuting on NJ Transit is working a long hard day and constant delays preventing you from getting home on time.
Most commuters from New Jersey witness these same problems daily. Even after working in the city for a year, it takes a toll on you. Until this problem gets fixed, commuting to the city will never be “enjoyable”.
As for me, I am still on a quest to work in New Jersey or make money on my own. On days that I am able to work from home, the flexibility is insane. Working closer to home allows me to have a long morning and an enjoyable night. In the morning, eliminating a long commute gives me time to workout and even go on a short hike. Amazing, right? Typically, I get home around 6:30 PM commuting from the city and 8:00 PM if I decide to workout after work.
If you are considering working in the city, please take the commute into consideration. You are better off saving money and driving to a job in New Jersey or at least residing in New York City. Hopefully things can clear up, but this commute has to be one of the worst in the country.
Let me know if you have had to commute into a city by train before and your experience!