Finding the best place to live in Orange County that is both affordable and commuter friendly can be a challenge. Commute times can vary depending on how far north you find your place to call home. The balance of price, home size and distance vary from town to town. On both shores of the Hudson River, there is an abundance of towns, villages and hamlets that offer a commuter-friendly location that makes the trip worthwhile. Many of the county’s residents live in the suburbs and enjoy a reasonable commute to New York City. The option to take the train, bus or drive has become a preferred way of life. Live in the suburbs with all the privacy you want to enjoy, while being close enough to NYC. The county is a one-seat ride on Metro-North to Grand Central Station in NYC from many of its train stations.
For those flying, there are two major airports within less than 40 miles, with numerous air carriers.
The county offers a bounty of public transportation, including a ferry connecting Newburgh to Beacon and trains bringing riders to NYC and elsewhere in the state.
Stewart International Airport
1180 First St.
New Windsor, NY 12553
Stewart International Airport is approximately 16 miles from West Point. Major carriers Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Norwegian Air connect travelers directly to Detroit; Philadelphia; and Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida, with connections to other parts of the country from there.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, Amtrak, Metro-North train service and rental car service with five car rental companies to choose from. Travelers can connect to express bus service from the airport to New York City.
Westchester County Airport
240 Airport Road
White Plains, NY 10604
Westchester County Airport is approximately 36 miles from West Point and has four major carriers: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines. Ground transportation includes six rental car services, and taxi and shuttle services, with connections to Metro-North Railroad.
420 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017
The Metro-North Railroad provides service throughout the state. In the Hudson Valley area, trains are operated by New Jersey Transit. For more information on fares, schedule and the system’s service area, visit the MTA Metro-North Railroad’s website.
1887 County Building
124 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924
Orange County sponsors 16 individual transit operators providing service in four categories: commuter bus, local bus (fixed route), dial-a-bus and paratransit services. Orange County does not have a central countywide transit operator; however, the services of the individual operators are coordinated with the name Transit Orange to identify the individual and coordinated transit services in and around Orange County.
For more information, visit Transit Orange’s website.
Driving and Commuting
Two major interstates and various state routes cross Orange County.
Interstate 84 enters New York near Port Jervis via a long bridge that crosses both the Delaware and Neversink rivers just above their confluence. The Middletown exit on I-84 serves state Route 17, the long freeway slowly being transformed into I-86, another mile further to the east. This junction is the western corner of Orange County’s Golden Triangle of interstates, so named for its attractiveness to businesses for their distribution centers. Immediately afterward, I-84 passes between the Galleria at Crystal Run, the county’s largest mall, and the eponymous office park to the south. To reach West Point from I-84, follow signs to state Route 9W South for 12 miles. As you are in your final descent off the mountain, you will encounter three exits on your right for West Point. The first exit is for Department of Defense ID card holders only and has limited hours.
The Metro-North Railroad lines run parallel to many of the major highways in the county. The closest station to West Point is in Peekskill where cabs are often waiting. It is a 20-minute drive to West Point from there.
The New York Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.511ny.org. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at www.511ny.org or by dialing 511.
New York Department of Motor Vehicles
12 King St.
Middletown, NY 10940
20 Hammond St.
Port Jervis, NY 12771
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms at https://dmv.ny.gov/forms.
Military personnel and their spouses stationed in New York from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all New York residents must apply for a driver’s license.
The state spells out what is required for licensing in its New York Driver Manual (https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/drivers-manual-practice-tests).
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/renew-registration, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information, visit the website.
The state of New York prohibits drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle.
Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving electronic data such as email, text messages or webpages while driving also is prohibited in New York, as is viewing or taking pictures.
New York State Department of Transportation
Visit the New York State Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories.