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NJT - Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station

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  • Tiffany P.
    "There aren't any up escalators if you go down on the wrong track!"(9 Tips)
    Drew M.
    "Sbarro is the best travel food"(6 Tips)
    Rich S.
    "Major stench from the surrounding Meadowlands."(5 Tips)
    Scott W.
    "Not a bad place, clean and not too crowded or confusing"(6 Tips)
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  • Jared
    JaredAugust 20, 2013
    Stay to the right on stairs and escalators to let people by. It's common courtesy at train stations and airports.. If you block people from passing, you'll cause many to miss their connecting trains.
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimJanuary 23, 2015
    The single upper-level elevator to the street (right by the turnstiles) moves as slow as molasses. But it's still a lot faster than walking, which requires two long escalators.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SilvestriJuly 12, 2012
    Out of all the main train station hubs in the metro area, this is the most difficult one to navigate. You have to go upstairs to go downstairs to go back upstairs to get to your train.
  • DJ C.
    DJ CapobiancoNovember 21, 2012
    On a layover? If you have to pass through the gates to eat or use the restroom double check you're not going back to the same gate. If you are, ask an employee—if you don't, you might not get back.
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroApril 10, 2013
    Neat views of Amtrak trains rushing through from the upper level platform (if only some of them stopped); downside is, too many guys use that space as a urinal (thanks, jerks).
  • Kerri W.
    Kerri WallaceAugust 3, 2011
    Stay to the right on the escalator to let cranky commuters pass. And don't stop at the top and bottom of the escalator there are people behind you! Happens at penn all the time.
  • Ksino P.
    Ksino PaulOctober 19, 2010
    note to all the smell is the trains, they drain the urine and waste onto the tracks as they drive. So remember when a trains is going by stay clear, that little must you feel is someone else's urine
  • Kristine T.
    Kristine T.August 22, 2011
    Be careful of the taxis outside the stn. Most will try to add extra $ to the fare if you're not going far enough. Go with JJ Cab guys. They are the most decent and honest.
  • j9
    j9April 26, 2011
    They could have built this abomination anywhere, but only in New Jersey could they get away with building a useless NJ Turnpike exit (15X) & a giant looping off/on ramp with it. Brilliant.
  • Rake
    RakeJune 29, 2012
    Don't use NJ Transit schedule for connections, especially on weekends. If you can make an earlier train do it. Early trains don't get held and usually an hour before the next one.
  • Jillian J.
    Jillian JacksonSeptember 11, 2013
    Don't walk like a dummy. Just assume there is someone directly behind you, in a hurry, missing their train because of your lollygagging. MOVE OVER IF YOU AREN'T IN A HURRY.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SlotkinJune 3, 2013
    Going to pick-up or taxis? Kill 20 min by taking the elevator from concourse to street level. Alternatively, walk across the entire train station to end up below where you started.
  • Ali F.
    Ali FehnJanuary 24, 2012
    Need an elevator to carry your bags down to track 3? Go through the gates opposite of Dunkin Donuts. There's a women's bathroom there that's pretty clean!
  • Kathryn C.
    Kathryn CarrollSeptember 19, 2013
    Large signs with large lettering for train arrrivals and stations, as well as color-codes train lines- great if you are visually impaired.
  • richard k.
    richard kashidaMarch 5, 2011
    Built by geniuses. You have to go upstairs to get downstairs and you need to have a ticket to get out of the station. Nice station though.
  • Kerri W.
    Kerri WallaceJuly 30, 2011
    If you're suffering from a bad break up or feeling pretty blue, their choice of music may make you want to jump in front of a train. Bring ear buds those days!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyMarch 29, 2011
    Don't forget to take your train ticket with you. They make you use it to exit like in London. Only place I've seen do this in NJ.
  • Greg D.
    Greg DvorkenJuly 22, 2011
    Need a better automated text-to-voice system as the computer-generated announcer at this major hub mis-pronounces most of the town names. Can probably find a free Android app to do a better job.
  • Kristine T.
    Kristine T.August 22, 2011
    Be prepared to fight your way onto the elevator. It is so slow that people forget their manners and will push their way in, no matter if there was a line or not.
  • Xristo M.
    Xristo MAugust 22, 2012
    why yankee candle hasnt released "Secaucus Station" yet is beyond me...it smells divine! like divine...rams piss and divine homeless and divine vomit
  • Daryn K.
    Daryn KobataFebruary 6, 2012
    You can put your ticket into the gate slot as soon as the person in front of you pulls hers/his out. No need to wait till they get thru the gate.
  • Tiffany P.
    Tiffany PetersonMay 13, 2012
    If you're disabled or need handicapable access. Speak to a transit worker! There aren't any up escalators if you go down on the wrong track!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BrownOctober 15, 2010
    there was a nice guy who let me use the bathroom and then come back out without having to get a ticket! Except for when I came back thru he was rude about helping me...
  • Terry
    TerryJuly 1, 2010
    The 5:36pm Bergen County Waldwick train usually leaves before its supposed to. Complain to the unhelpful customer service people upstairs.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CisekApril 17, 2015
    Best train station for getting to Penn Station nyc. Just about every train stops here. Never have to wait long.
  • Kristen R.
    Kristen RepoliMay 30, 2011
    It smells like homeless people died on the platform. Sit inside when you are waiting for your train. Awful!! I've been in a lot of stations and the smell here is by far the worst
  • Alexis C.
    Alexis COctober 17, 2010
    can't find a better deal with the $5 parking on weekend nights. and you can do valet so you don't have to walk as much.
  • Terry
    TerryJuly 21, 2010
    For all the times the trains r delayed and late and waste OUR time and OUR money in a week u'd think they wouldn't leave earlier than they are supposed to, right? Of course they do... U pay 25% extr
  • Marc L.
    Marc LoSchiavoMarch 12, 2012
    Oh the smell you ask? That's just the Zombies in the swamp. No worries they don't ride NJ Transit. It's the living people in this station u need to worry about.
  • @MetLifeCentral
    @MetLifeCentralNovember 14, 2010
    Taking the train to the Giants game? Head in theough the MelLife Central gate and get a chance to win great prizes. Rodney Hampton will be signing autographs at 3!
  • Ike Phillip R.
    Ike Phillip RuffinJune 18, 2012
    Probably the poorest design of a metro transportation hub I've ever been too. Don't lose your ticket or you won't be able to get out!
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneMay 7, 2011
    Good luck finding the street/bus, & keep your ticket to exit! Jeez, brand new and already as much of a s-show as anything else in the NJT system. Why do they get to steal PANYNJ money again?
  • Bobby B.
    Bobby BroadwayAugust 25, 2010
    If you commute to NJ from NY on NJ Transit in the morning on NY Penn Station to Trenton train. For whatever reason when delays happen it is usually after the 7:14am train
  • Ed L.
    Ed LawrenceAugust 24, 2010
    I'd like to meet the people that think this is a "cool place". It's a TRAIN STATION. One that bums piss in at night. Really unsanitary.
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa CiancarelliAugust 2, 2013
    Nice try with the Friday afternoon music this summer. Too bad the acoustics are horrible - they'd make Ella Fitzgerald sound atrocious!
  • Oscar F.
    Oscar F.February 20, 2011
    Take whatever the earliest train is that stops in Secaucus from NYC. Chances are the one you're on is going to leave late, causing you to miss your next train.
  • London N.
    London NagaiAugust 5, 2014
    Hungry? Grab a slice at the authentic pizzeria located in the main lobby, sbarro is always good for a fresh slice.......
  • Raisah S.
    Raisah ShakorrahMarch 13, 2013
    Stand on one side of the escalator. People do walk up, quit blocking them and MOVE...especially during Rush Hour!
  • Craig
    CraigMay 25, 2013
    Welcome to Purgatory, where trains leave on time when you're running late, and leave late when you arrive early. Be prepared to wait a long time.
  • Susan G.
    Susan GentileMay 31, 2013
    It's big and there may be little time between your transfer, so you have to move quickly.
  • Lawrence C.
    Lawrence CoolwaterJanuary 2, 2011
    When you get upstairs, go to the table to the left of tracks G-H and look under the table top. I left a coupon for a free DD coffee!
  • Noelle M.
    Noelle MoellerMay 3, 2015
    Perfect for getting to and from Penn Station-trains back and forth every 10-15 min
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongMarch 25, 2012
    You can get away with farting so easily here. Just stand in a crowd and nobody will know it was you!
  • Jillian W
    Jillian WApril 21, 2012
    The Dunkin Donuts is a hit or a miss...be sure to check out order before you board your train.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KantermanSeptember 5, 2012
    While waiting for your train on Track A, try to ignore the pee smell. You won't be able to, but try.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StravitzNovember 8, 2011
    My number one tip is don't miss your train after 8pm or you may be stuck forever.
  • Will S.
    Will StamatisJune 7, 2011
    Its always on time when you're running late, and always late when you're early/on time. Plan accordingly.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyMarch 29, 2011
    Don't forget to hold onto your train ticket as you need it to exit. Guess Secaucus thinks they are London now....
  • alissa s.
    alissa sOctober 10, 2010
    if you already have your ticket ready, take the elevator... it's quicker. p.s. this station REEKS.
  • Cari
    CariApril 7, 2012
    If you're here on the 10p train out of penn, get food/drink in NY. Nothing but junction bar open
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