A major attraction of Bergen County is the fact that we are on the other side of the Hudson River from Manhattan. People come here to buy a Bergen County home because we are next to New York. As a result, commuting to work in NYC is a major component of living here.
Commuting – A Bergen County Advantage
Some people choose a town location just based on the commute. When I sell a Teaneck home or a Leonia home it’s often because the NJ Transit bus commute is less than 40 minutes. If I sell a Ridgewood home or a River Edge home it’s often because these towns are known for a great train commute. And, of course, there’s the Gold Coast – the towns along the Hudson such as Ft Lee, Edgewater and Cliffside Park where a ferry across the Hudson River or a drive over the George Washington Bridge is so close.
No matter where you live in Bergen County, public transportation will take you to work in New York City. We also have major highways locally (Route 4, Route 17 and Route 208), state wide (Garden State Parkway), interstate (Palisade Interstate Parkway) and nationally (New Jersey Turnpike which is part of US 95 and US Route 80).
New Jersey Transit, Coach USA and NY Waterway
New Jersey Transit is the major commuting option operating both bus and train service. Coach USA operates bus service to NYC too. NY Waterway operates a ferry service across the Hudson River to NYC with 2 hubs. Ferries run from Edgewater (for weekday commuting only) and from Weehawken for daily service. A shuttle service is included in NYC. It takes you back and forth from the ferry dock to several stops in Manhattan.
Commuting to work using public transportation is a major part of the New York metropolitan area. This is because over half of the 3 million people working in Manhattan come from the outer boroughs and the suburbs.