Commuting from the Manalapan and Marlboro Area

You asked for it, you got it!!  As a realtor with a focus on Manalapan and Marlboro Townships, one question I get asked over and over again is… “What can you tell me about the commute to New York City?”

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How about…


Myself, my husband, my Dad and many friends have commuted to the New York City area for years and years!

The important questions to start with are where are you going (Midtown vs. Downtown) and how do you prefer to get there (bus or train).



Travel to Midtown Manhattan (Port Authority)

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With sheltered bus stops along the Route 9 corridor, New Jersey Transit carries riders to New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, located in Midtown Manhattan on 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.

NJ Transit Bus Route #139 (Route 9 all local Stops) and #132 (Gordon’s Corner Express).  Click for NJ Transit Bus Route #139 Schedule  Note – NJ Transit also runs limited service to and from Covered Bridge and NYC as noted on the above schedule.

From the Gordon’s Corner Road stop, New Jersey Transit’s 7:00 am bus will get you to the Port Authority at 8:11 am (1 hr 11 mins).  I did confirm with friends that the total trip time is pretty consistent, barring any unforeseen events.

NJ Transit bus tickets can be purchased at the Deli near the Gordon’s Corner Road bus stop, the Gulf Station on Ryan Road and the Penny Pantry on Texas Road in Marlboro and with a credit card at the automated ticket dispenser at Union Hill Road.  Note, not all sell the monthly pass.

One way fare for NJ Transit from Gordons Corner Road is $13.75 with a monthly pass costing $324.

Travel to Downtown Manhattan (Wall Street Area)

Academy Bus Lines services the Downtown Manhattan and Wall Street area commuters.

Academy Bus Line is the Route 9 to Wall Street.  Click for Academy’s Route 9 to Wall Street Bus Schedule.

From the Gordon’s Corner Road stop, Academy’s 7:11 am bus will get you to the Wall Street Area at 8:31 am (1 hr, 20 mins).

Academy bus tickets can be purchased at the Penny Pantry on Texas Road in Marlboro or in the Pond Road Shopping Center in Freehold.  There is also Academy Bus tickets sold at the Gordons Corner Stop, however there may be limited hours.

One way fare for Academy is $16 with a monthly pass costing $340).

Manalapan and Marlboro Township Commuter Parking

Manalapan Township has five annual commuter parking lots for Manalapan residents which require an annual permit (cost $201/year).  If you would like to put your name on the waiting list for a parking permit in Manalapan, please call the Municipal Clerk’s office at (732) 446-8316.  Wait times can be significant to sign up sooner rather than later!

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Franklin Lane Lot – Franklin Lane runs parallel with Route 9N and is in the vicinity of Gordons Corner Road and Route 9 Intersection.  Pretty much behind the Gordon’s Corner Road bus stop)

Symmes Drive Lot – Symmes Drive intersects with Route 9S and Ryan Road across from the Epicentre Shopping Mall (Bonefish Grill).

Towne Pointe Lot This lot is located at the Towne Pointe Shopping Center and is accessible from Tennent Road or Route 9S.  Note, when facing Towne Pointe, the commuter lot is on the right, in
the back.  Not to be confused with the parking for patrons of the shopping center.

Craig Road LotThis is the REAR lot located at the Vornado Shopping Center (Best Buy), Route 9 and Craig Road. (Behind the Bed, Bath & Beyond building).

Monmouth Heights Swim Club – This lot is located on Ryan Road at the entrance to the Monmouth Heights Swim Club.

Marlboro Township has a commuter parking lot for Marlboro residents on Union Hill Road which requires an annual permit.  If you would like to put your name on the waiting list for a parking permit in Marlboro, please call the Municipal Clerk’s office at (732) 536-0200 x505.

Manalapan and Marlboro offer daily parking.  Manalapan’s daily lot is located at the Franklin Lane.  You will need a daily permit which costs $5 for the year and the daily fee is $2.00. Marlboro offers daily parking near the Union Hill Road Park and Ride (located down Union Hill Road, past Home Depot, on the left side).  Check with Marlboro Township, as I believe there may now be a small yearly fee for a day parking permit, although I do not believe there is a wait for these permits.

Additional commuter parking is provided by Vornado Shopping Center (Best Buy) (Route 9 and Craig Road) in the FRONT lot (near Wells Fargo Bank) in designated blue lined spaces.  This is on a first come-first served basis and no fee is charged or permit required.

Finally, Manalapan and Marlboro have reciprocal agreements with each other for 100 commuter parking spaces.  Should a resident of Manalapan desire to obtain a permit in the Marlboro Township lot on Union Hill Road, call the Marlboro Municipal Clerk at (732) 536-0200.  Should a resident of Marlboro desire to obtain a permit in the Manalapan Township lot, please call the Manalapan Municipal Clerk at (732) 446-8316.  Since there are only 100 reciprocal spots, the waits will be long.


For folks who prefer taking the train, New NJ Transit TrainJersey Transit offers rail service via the North Jersey Coast Line to New York’s Penn Station (8th Avenue and 31st Street).

The closest train station is Aberdeen-Matawan, approximately 25 minutes north east of Manalapan.  Click for NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line Schedule.

The 7:17 am train will get you into Penn Station at 8:00.

NJ Transit Rail Tickets can be purchased at the Aberdeen-Matawan Station.

One way fare is $13.75 with a monthly pass costing $386.

There are four commuter lots at the Matawan Train Station.  Two are controlled by Matawan Borough (732-290-2004) and two by Aberdeen Township (732-583-4200).  Contact the municipal clerk in each town to request to be placed on the waiting lists for a parking permit, although the waiting lists are years long!  The Lots 1 and 4 are by permit only.  Lots 2 and 3 offer daily parking for $3/day.  The daily lots fill early, usually by 6:30 am!  No permit is required in any of the lots after 11:00 am, with cars needing to be gone by 4:00 am.  All lots are free, with no permit required, on the weekends.



More recently, I have been having people asking about commuting to Jersey City.  As such, I thought it would be helpful to include some information on that commute as well.

NJ Transit Bus Route #63 (Express) or #64 (Local).  Click for NJ Transit Bus Route #63 and #64 Schedule.

New Jersey Transit runs buses from Manalapan to Jersey City, through Hoboken and ultimately ending up in Weehawken.  Buses run approximately every 8-10 minutes between 5:30 am and 7:45 am.  The last bus to Manalapan leaves Jersey City at approximately 6:45 pm.

The 7:04 am (Express) gets you to Exchange Place (Jersey City) at 8:14 am (1 hour, 10 minutes total).

One way bus fare is $18 with a monthly pass costing $324.

You may also consider taking the train from Aberdeen-Matawan to the Newark/Penn Station Stop and take the subway to the Jersey City Exchange Place Path Station.  Travel time, including the change of train would be just over an hour.



If you are interested in a first-hand account of what it is like to commute from the Manalapan area, please feel free to give me a call!

The takeaway on commuting from Manalapan is that sure, some days it can be hectic, but the lifestyle is certainly worth it!  The closer you live to “the city,” the more “city” it will be.  The higher the taxes, the smaller the lot sizes, the less “house” your money can buy.

As I mentioned earlier, I commuted for years, as did most of my family and many of my friends.  For this post, went back and asked many of them if they had any regrets about making the move and not a single one said yes!


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I KNOW you’ll appreciate a little commuting humor.  Check out my recent blog post… If you’ve taken the time to read this post, then you have probably done your fair share of commuting.

Top 7, Sure-Fire Ways to Foul Up Your Commute.



(Information contained in this post is deemed reliable as of 1/1/2014, but cannot be guaranteed)