The Key to a Stress-Free Commute on Getaway Thursday: Clever Commute’s FIVE T’s

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nj transitHave plans to travel for the July 4th weekend? Joshua Crandall, the founder and CEO of the Clever Commute online service, has compiled a helpful a guide for commuters planning on exiting NYC (via public transit) on the so-called getaway day—Thursday—called the Five T’s:

1. Tickets – tickets..TicketsTICKETSGet them early!

If you or your traveling companion will need a ticket, get it BEFORE Thursday. Lines are loooooong on get-away days.
HINT: NJ Transit now has an app for tickets. So does NY Waterway! See your app store for details.

2. Timing is crucial
You are advised to avoid NY Penn/Grand Central/Port Authority between 1:00 and 3:00 PM.
We expect a surge of commuters at that time.

3. Timetables and Schedule changes
Visit your transit provider’s web site for up-to-date schedule schedules….including information about (extra) getaway day service

4. Terminal – Choose wisely
If it is at all within your control, avoid NY Penn Station.

  • NJT riders should consider Hoboken and/or Newark Penn
  • LIRR riders:  try Atlantic Terminal

5. Other Tips: 

  • Dress in layers – even if it’s not a hot day…the terminal or the trains can be warm
  • Bring water/snacks – save time…save money. Plan ahead.
  • “Baggage strategy” matters – There is going to be lots of luggage around on Thursday. Make your plan now…NOT on Thursday morning.

Have a great holiday!

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