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How to save on your Union County-NYC Commute

Union County commuters to NYC – get ready to pay more! You may have missed the news, like we did. But the bridges and tunnels raised their tolls last week.

Here are the new rates:
……………..EZ Pass Off Peak        EZ Pass Peak          Cash

Car                        $8.25                             $10.25            $13.00

Motorcycle             $7.25                             $9.25               $12.00

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You can save on your commuting expenses by registering in the Carpool Plan and/or Green Pass.

What is the Carpool Plan?

You can save $4.00 off peak and $6.00 peak if you are a member of the Port Authority Carpool Discount Plan – pay only $4.25 per trip, on or off peak. To apply for the Carpool plan, call  800-333-8655 (New York Service Center) or 888-288-6865 (New Jersey Service Center). Be sure to have your account number or tag number and PIN when you call.

The discounted rate is only in effect if you have 3 or more people in your vehicle and if you use a staffed “Cash EZ Pass” lane. You must come to a complete stop so the toll collector can verify that you have 3 or more people in your car.

What is the Green Pass?

Low emission vehicles that  are certified to the California Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standard and achieve a United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) highway fuel economy rating of 45 miles per gallon or more can travel off-peak and save. The toll for qualifying vehicles is only $4.75 off peak. All vehicles on New York’s Clean Pass Program Vehicle Eligibility List are eligible for the Port Authority Green Pass Discount Plan. To enroll in the Green Pass Discount Plan, call 800-333-8655 (New York Service Center) or 888-288-6865 (New Jersey Service Center) and be sure to have your account number or tag number and PIN for account access.

Cash customers are not permitted on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge overnight (11pm-6am Sundays through Thursdays, 11pm-7am Fridays and Saturdays). Tolls collectors may accept bills up to $100 but will not accept checks, money orders, credit cards, or traveler’s checks.  They will also not accpet currency other than US, nor will they accept small change, pennies, or wrapped coins. They can give you a receipt, but only if you ask.

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Dear TZ – How can I commute to New York City from Union County?


Dear TZ,

I have a job in New York City and I don’t want to move to Union County if the commute is going to be too difficult. What are the commuting options into the City from Union County?


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Dear Sal,

Obviously the ease of your commute will be a huge factor in your decision about where to move.  Fortunately for you Union County is ideal for the NYC commuter.  In fact many all the towns in the county have easy access to NYC either by rail or bus.

The current downside is that the rail line (the Raritan Valley Line) only runs to Newark during the week. But a quick train change in Newark (either NJT or PATH) and you’re in the city in no time. There is talk of a new type of locomotive that will allow the trains on the Raritan Valley Line to go to Penn Station. The current issue is that the Raritan Valley trains are Diesel powered and all trains going thru Penn Station are powered by electicity. The new locomotives being proposed run on diesel (when there’s no power lines) or electicity. So when the plan is approved the trains will be diesel powered to Newark and then electically powered to NYC. When that does happen you won’t need to change trains. There has not been a date or funding approved for the dual mode locomotives at this time.

There are also a multitude of bus stops that will bring you to Port Authority near Times Square.  From there you can walk, take a cab or subway to your destination.

Both trains and buses are operated by New Jersey Transit.

Ask your REALTOR(R) for an Transit schedule and map to assist you in your search.

Best of luck!

– Wayne and Jean

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