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.

Town

2018 NJ Monthly High School Ranking

Busing to School?

Train? Name of station?

How many minutes to NYC via train?

Parking available at station? Waitlist?

Other Jitney service or Lyft service

Millburn/Short Hills

#3

Subscription busing ($775 /Student) Click here for more info!

Millburn Station and Short Hills Station

36 minute commute from Millburn and 38 minute commute from Short Hills. Both stations have direct trains

First come first serve. Parking permit (Annual parking: $620 Additional car: $680) (Semi Annual: $455 Additional car: $505) Click here for more info!


Summit

#29

No busing

Summit Station

42 minute commute. Direct train

Parking permit Daily: $4 Monthly: $80 Quarterly: $228 Annually: $864
Click here for more info!

Lyft program providing transportation to and from the Summit station. Cost will be included in daily parking fee. Participants must have a parking permit. Click here for more info!

Maplewood / South Orange

#88

A shuttle is provided between South Mountain and the Annex for grades 2-5. Click here for more info!

Maplewood Station and South Orange Station

34 minute commute from Maplewood and 33 minute commute from South Orange

Maplewood: $275 annually
Click here for more info about Maplewood parking!
South Orange: Permits on a waitlist. Monthly: $70 Quarterly: $210 Semi-annual: $420 Annually: $700
Click here for more info about South Orange parking!

Bus service that runs to and from the Maplewood train station 5 days a week. Click here for more info about Maplewood's Jitney program!
South Orange's service is avalible to residents and non residents. Residents Annually: $300 Non residents annually: $450
Click here for more info about South Orange's Jitney program!

Livingston

#8

Subscription busing ($810 round-trip /student) ($405 one way /student)
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No Train Station

Express shuttle running between Livingston mall and the south orange train station Monthly pass: $70
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New Providence 

#9

No Busing

New Providence station and Murray Hill Station

52 minute commute from New Providence and 56 minute commute for Murray Hill. Transfer in Summit, 2 direct during rush hour

Permits do not guarantee a space, and permits work at either station Annually: $360 Non residents can puraches permits for the Murray Hill station Annually: $1,200
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Berkeley Heights 

#30

Subscription busing ($800-$1,100 /student)
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Berkeley Heights Station

62 minute commute. Transfer in Summit, 2 direct during rush hour

Waitlist Monthly: $25 Quarterly: $75 Annually: $285
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Westfield 

#37

Subscription busing (transportation cost is determined by daily route cost of bus divided by total seats available)
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Westfield Station

54 minute commute. Transfer at Newark Penn Station

Waitlist for permits. Southside train station: $696 annually and $420 semi- annually Watterson street: $420 annually and $210 semi- annually
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West Orange

#153

No Busing

No Train Station

Free shuttle to 3 train stations running 5 days a week. Click here for more info!

Chatham

#4

Subscription busing ($630 round-trip /student) ($315 one way /student)
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Chatham Station

51 minute commute. Direct train

Waitlist Annually: $480
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Madison

#26

Subscription busing ($650 /student)

Madison Station

53 minute commute. Direct train

Commuter parking is available in Kings Road lot, Prospect Street lot, and Maple Avenue lot. Annually: $450
Click here for more info!

Springfield

#122

Subscription busing (fee set annually). Click here for more info!

No Train Station

Bus that travels from the Springfield town pool to the Short Hills train station. Daily: $3 Quarterly: $50
Click here for more info!

Cranford 

#31

No Busing 

Cranford Station

50 minute commute. Transfer at Newark Penn Station

Approx. 2 year waitlist. Permit Parking and Meter Parking.
12 Hr Permit: $600
9 Hr Permit: $500
24 Hr Permit: $800
Overnight Permit: $200
Click here for more info!

Montclair 

#115

Subscribtion busting ($400 for 1st child, $225 for 2nd child, and $100 for 3rd child. Anymore than 3 children and the busing is free) 
Click here for more info about busing!
Montclair also has a Magnet Elementary and Middle School, click here for more info!

Bay Street,
Upper Montclair, Mountain Ave, Montclair Heights, Watchung Ave, and Walnut Street

Bay Street: 37 minute commute
Upper Montclair: 46 minute commute Mountain Ave: 48 minute commute Montclair Heights: 51 minute commute Watchung Ave: 42 minutes and Walnut Street: 40 minutes

Parking permits are now purchased monthly and are valid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here for more info!

An evening shuttle bus that takes Montclair residents from the Bay Street train station for a fare of $2. Click here for more info!

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 2018 NJ Monthly School Report.  

*All information is subject to change.

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