Burlington and Ocean counties
Several highways easily link Burlington and Ocean counties to other parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania with Delaware and New York just further afield. Most travelers in the area choose to drive, though light rail and bus service via state-owned NJ Transit is easily accessible.
For those flying, there are two major airports within 50 or so miles, with numerous air carriers. One airport is in New Jersey, the other is in Philadelphia.
Both counties have public transportation, and the area is also served by the larger Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Philadelphia International Airport
8000 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153 215-937-6937
Philadelphia International Airport is about 50 miles west of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and is Pennsylvania’s largest commercial airport, serving more than 30 million travelers each year. Major carriers include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America.
Ground transportation includes bus, taxi, shuttle, rental car service and a connection to Amtrak service. Rental car companies may be contacted through the Ground Transportation Information desks in Baggage Claims A-East, B/C and D/E. Find more information at www.phl.org/Pages/passengerinfo/transportationservices/rental_cars.aspx.
Newark Liberty International Airport
3 Brewster Road
Newark, NJ 07114 973-961-6000
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 60 miles northeast of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the airport serves about 40 million passengers annually. Major carriers include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America. Ground transportation includes 11 rental car companies plus taxi and shuttle services.
1 Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105 973-275-5555
NJ Transit is a state-owned public transportation system that serves New Jersey, along with portions of New York State and Pennsylvania. It operates bus, light rail and commuter rail services throughout the state, connecting to major commercial and employment centers both within New Jersey and in the adjacent major cities of New York and Philadelphia.
For more information — including schedules and fares, alerts and advisories, maps and accessibility tools — visit the agency’s website.
20 Irven St.
Trenton, NJ 08638 609-883-8891
The BurLINK fixed route service is for the public and designed to connect to NJ Transit bus and rail service in the county. Operated by Stout’s Transportation, BurLINK buses connect with NJ Transit routes, including River Line stations. Transfers are available between NJ Transit bus routes and BurLINK routes.
For information on fees and scheduling, visit the website for the Cross County Connection at www2.driveless.com/gettingaround_shuttle_burlington_01_10062008.htm.
1959 Route 9
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754 732-736-8989
The Ocean Ride transportation system has 11 bus routes which operate throughout Ocean County. Routes are designed to connect key residential areas with local governmental facilities, healthcare, shopping, employment, social services and other transit connections.
For more information on fees, routes, and services for veterans and disabled patrons, visit the Ocean Ride website.
Driving and Commuting
Multiple interstates, state routes and highways cross Burlington and Ocean counties.
Within Burlington County, U.S. routes that traverse the county are U.S. Route 9 (only in Bass River Township), U.S. Route 130 and U.S. Route 206. State routes closest to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst include Route 68, Route 70 and Route 537. Limited access roads include the Garden State Parkway stretch in Bass River Township, Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike (a portion of Interstate 95).
State routes that go through Ocean County include Route 13, Route 35, Route 37, Route 70, Route 72, Route 88 and Route 166. U.S. Route 9, the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 195 pass through Ocean County as well.
Commuters can also choose rail service in the two counties. NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line railway line, which serves New York’s Penn Station, offers service at the Bay Head and Point Pleasant Beach stations, at the northernmost corner of Ocean County. The River Line is a diesel light-rail system between the Trenton Transit Center in Trenton and the Walter Rand Transportation Center and other stations in Camden, with 11 stations in Burlington County.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter.
http://www.njcommuter.com/ provides free, real-time traffic information. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive and obtain phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes at www.511nj.org or by dialing 511.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority also provides travel resources for commuters on the turnpike and the Garden State Parkway at
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
Medford MVC Agency
175 Route 70, Suite 25
Medford, NJ 08055 609-292-6500
1861 Hooper Ave.
Village Square Plaza
Toms River, NJ 08753 609-292-6500
1195 Route 70
Leisure Center, Store 9
Lakewood, NJ 08701 609-292-6500
The New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find general information, visit the main website then find most forms at
www.state.nj.us/mvc/about/forms.htm and drivers’ manuals online at www.state.nj.us/mvc/about/manuals.htm.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in New Jersey may be entitled to certain exemptions, but in general, all New Jersey residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days of residency being established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing under various scenarios in its New Jersey Driver Manual, which can be downloaded at www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/license/drivermanual.pdf.
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at www.nj.gov/mvc/about/forms.htm, 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 on military and veteran exceptions and requirements, visit www.nj.gov/mvc/drivertopics/veterans.htm.
The state of New Jersey prohibits any use (texting or talking) of a hand-held mobile device while driving. Additionally, drivers with any version of a graduated driver’s license may not use a cellular device in any way (including hands-free interactions).
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Visit the New Jersey Department of Transportation website where you can find information about highway safety, best routes to schools and more. The department’s website specifically aimed at commuting — www.NJcommuter.com — provides myriad information including interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, buses and train schedules, live traffic cameras and even for bike maps. You can also visit www.511nj.org for more links to commuting within the state and into Delaware and beyond.