Which Town Is Right For You?

Most buyers who are looking in these areas are most concerned with two factors: school system and commute to NYC.  Use this table below for some general information about the train commutes and the school rankings, based on NJ Monthly’s 2016 Top High Schools in NJ. There is also information on busing options for students to their schools.  As it stands now, public schools are not required to provide busing to students unless they live 2+ miles from their elementary or middle school or 2.5+ miles from their high school. More information about public school busing provided here.

Township 2014 NJ Monthly School RankingBusing Options Provided for Students Living Less Than 2 Miles from School?Approximate Commute to NYCPricing for Parking at Train StationTrain Station Information
Millburn-Short Hills5Yes, busing is provided for a fee. More info.40 Minutes
Direct
RESIDENT ONLY
$560 annually
Millburn Station & Short Hills Station. No waiting list for permits. First-come, first served for spaces. Valet service available at no extra charge.
Summit38No.43 Minutes
Direct
RESIDENT
$864 annually
NON-RESIDENT
$10/day
Summit Train Station. No waiting list for residents or non-residents. First-come, first-served for spots. There is a separate non-resident lot.
Chatham Borough1Yes, busing is provided for a fee to Chatham High School, Middle School, Lafayette, Southern, & Washington Schools only. Availability limited. More info.49 Minutes
Direct
RESIDENT ONLY
$460 annually
Chatham Train Station. Waiting list for permits. (Token meters fill up between 5-6am).
Chatham Township1Yes, busing is provided for a fee to Chatham High School, Middle School, Lafayette, Southern, & Washington Schools only. Availability limited. More info.n/aNon-resident parking at Summit and New Providence Stations.Chatham Township residents may not park at the Chatham Borough train station. Residents are not permitted to park at Chatham Train Station. Non-resident Parking available at Summit or New Providence Station.
Madison32No.55 Minutes
Direct
RESIDENT
$425 annually
$5 per day
77 spots
Madison Train Station. Waiting list until Jan 1st when it goes to first come, first-served.
New Providence6No.50 Minutes
Direct and Transfer
RESIDENT
$325 annually
NON-RESIDENT
$1,050 annually
$7 per day
New Providence Station & Murray Hill Station.
No waiting list for residents. Murray Hill lot at Floral/South St. has pay box. Non-resident parking also available. Two direct trains run during rush hour, but for most trains, must transfer at Summit to go to NYC.
Berkeley Heights36No. More info.60 Minutes
Direct and Transfer
RESIDENT
$250 annually
NON-RESIDENT
$625 annually
$6 (res) and $10 (non-res) daily passes available after 9am if space allows
Berkeley Heights Train Station. Currently waiting list for both residents and non-residents. Two direct trains run during rush hour, but for most trains, must transfer at Summit to go to NYC.
Westfield21Yes. Subscription busing is available. More info.55 Minutes
Transfer
RESIDENT ONLY
$696 annually
Waiting List.
Westfield Train Station. Wait-list for Resident Parking. Other parking options at further lots if commuting early in the morning. Must transfer trains to get to NYC.
Maplewood96No. More info.36 Minutes
Direct
RESIDENT ONLY
$210 annually
Maplewood Train Station. Parking is on a first come, first served basis. Jitney service available.
South Orange96No. More info.34 Minutes
Direct
RESIDENT & NON RESIDENT options, ranging between $300-800. Waiting List for Parking at Train Stations.South Orange Train Station and Mountain Station. Waiting list for Resident Parking and Jitney Service Available.
Livingston16Subscription busing provided on a lottery basis. More info.n/aLivingston Express Shuttle InformationNon-resident Parking at either Summit, Harrison, or Secaucus Stations. Express shuttle is running from Livingston Mall to South Orange Train Station during rush hour. Monthly pass available for $70/mo.

Annual and monthly pricing also available for permit parking at several train stations.

If you would like more information on specific train schedules, search for them at NJTransit.com.

Click here to see the 2016 NJ Monthly School Report.  

If you would like more information on the criteria for ranking schools, click here.

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