My commute from my home via public transportation versus driving in my car. Bhavna and I were talking about cars yesterday. My sister-in-law is looking to buy a pre-owned car to replace her 2006 Toyota Hylander. My 2006 Honda Accord needs work. My sister-in-law works from home all week so her car is only used to do errands, visit family and friends in town, get my nephews from school. My car is used to commute to work. But for both of us, the car spends most of the time idle. It feels like such a waste but in this part of New Jersey, a car is a necessity. Public transportation is not a reasonable option.

Commute to MetroPark, New Jersey via car, about 45 minutes
Commute to MetroPark, New Jersey via Public Transportation, almost 3 hours.
Commute to Wall Street via Car, about 90 minutes
Commute to Wall Street via Public Transportation, almost 4 hours

If I used public transportation to get to work to the client office in Iselin (New Jersey), it takes me between two and three hours to commute via bus and then New Jersey Transit. This commute is 45 minutes in my car.

If I used public transportation to get to work to the client office on Wall Street in New York City, it takes me between three and four hours to complete the commute door to door. This commute is two hours if I drive my car and park in Jersey City and then take the ferry to Pier 11 which is one block from the client building.