Logistics: Travel & Accommodation – New Jersey, USA

The following information regarding logistics shall be updated regularly to facilitate the participants. All the information is provided in good faith and the participants are recommended to check all the details on their own and should not hold IMRA responsible for any errors.

Important: Please note that you are responsible to plan, book and pay for all your accommodation, travelling, etc. IMRA is just helping you to facilitate by providing information and discounted offers.

(Last updated on 19th May 2014)

1. About Union, New Jersey, USA
2. Time Zone during May
3. Local Weather during May
4. Currency
5. Travel to and from airports and local travelling
6. Public Transport & Travelling in and around London
7.  Internet & Phone
8. Accommodation options (with IMRA discount offers)
9. Conference Venue and nearby area
10. Sight Seeing

1. About Union, New Jersey, USA

Union is the name of the township / county where the Kean University is located. Details about Union can be found on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Township,_Union_County,_New_Jersey

New Jersey is the state for which the details can be found on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Jersey

More details about the USA can be found on:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usa

2. Time Zone during May

New Jersey is in the Eastern Time Zone (EST). The month of May will be having Daylight Saving Time (DST) in New Jersey, USA. Please note that this is also known as Summer Time locally. The local time in Union, New Jersey right now is:

Important Websites:
1) New Jersey Time & Temperature: http://www.timetemperature.com/tznj/union.shtml
2) Time & Date checker: http://www.timeanddate.com

3.  Local Weather during May
Union’s weather during the month of May, usually sunny and mild.

Important websites:
1) 10 Day Weather forecast: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Union+NJ+07083
2) Celsius to Fahrenheit Conversion chart: http://www.asknumbers.com/CelsiusToFahrenheitConversion.aspx

4. Currency
The currency in the entire USA is US Dollars and is often expressed as $ or USD. Most of the hotels, restaurants and public places accept all major international credit and debit cards. Some of them do not accept American Express cards. There are ATM cash withdrawal machines at the most public places, which are free mostly, but some do charge.

Important Website:
1) Foreign Exchange conversion rate: www.xe.com

5. Local Transport: Taxis & Public Transport

Landing at Newark Airport

Participants will find a variety of options for travel from Newark airport. A detailed guide is found on the site http://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-ground-transportation.html

In summary. participants can choose to use the AirTrain to travel within the airport or to New Jersey transit rail or path train stops. Taxis are offered outside of the airport, but participants should visit the Port Authority Welcome Center located in the arrivals area of each terminal where uniformed staff will be happy to assist with taxi service. Here are some Newark airport cab companies with telephone numbers just in case the ones found outside aren’t present. Please note that many hotels in the area offer complimentary Newark airport shuttle service (pick up and drop off). So please check with your hotel while booking.

(a) EWR Taxi Serivce – 001 (973) 8567345  http://www.ewrtaxi.net   (offered rate of about $35 to Newark/Elizabeth, $60 to Cranford)
(b) EWR Car service – 001 (732) 5481140 http://www.ewrcarservice.org  (newark penn-48 cranford-48 elizabeth-48)
(c) Newark Airport Taxi- (973) 273-4420  (offered 55 plus tax and tip to Cranford, 45 plus tax and tip Nwk Penn Station/Elizabeth)

Landing at J F Kennedy Airport

Participants flying into J F Kennedy (JFK) airport have the some general options. The link to the ground transportation guide is http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-ground-transportation.html

Participants can use the Airtrain to connect to rail or take a cab. For those going to Manhattan or heading to New Jersey must get to Jamaica Station via AirTrain then take either the Long Island Rail Road train or MTA NYC Transit Subway E to Midtown Manhattan New York Penn Station. From New York Penn there are trains available to New Jersey (Newark Penn or other locations).

For cabs, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, instructs participants to visit the Port Authority Welcome Center located in the arrivals area of each terminal, where uniformed staff will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, you may head directly for the taxi stand located outside each terminal for safe and legitimate transportation (cabs to Newark about 120 dollars, Manhattan flat fee of 52 excluding tolls and tips). Here are some other airport cab companies with telephone numbers just in case the ones found outside aren’t present. Please note that many hotels in the area offer complimentary JFK airport shuttle service (pick up and drop off). So please check with your hotel while booking.

Taxi for travelling in and around the Conference Venue

Kindly check with your Hotel first if they are able to provide Free Shuttle Car / Bus or paid on meter Taxis to the Kean University. Many Hotels will do this for free.

Newark airport also offers a shuttle bus to Newark train station by each terminal for about 5 or 6 dollars. Participants should ask to be directed to these shuttle buses by airport staff if they have no other plans of reaching Newark train station.

Other Taxi companies: These cab companies can be utilized for local transportation to and from Kean University –
(a) Union Taxi – (908) 688 8294
(b) Union Checker – (908) 688 5355
(c) Andy’s Transportation (908)245- 5936

Public Transport

The website for local transportation via train, bus, and light rail is www.njtransit.com in New Jersey and www.mta.info for New York.

Please check this link http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo for all the train schedules to and from Union Train Station (which is at the Kean University). You may simply select the origin station (e.g. Newark Penn Station, Elizabeth Station, Union Station, New York Penn), along with the destination (wherever it may be), and the date of travel and a train schedule will come up. Please note that while weekly schedules are the same, trains’ weekend schedules are different.

Note: Raritan Valley Train from Union train station (Kean University) to Newark Penn (Northeast Corridor Train) to New York Penn Station

6.  Internet & Phone

Free Wi-Fi internet is available at the IMRA-Kean International Conference venue at the campus of Kean University. Usually, all the hotels provide free Wi-Fi internet facility. However, it is suggested that the participants should confirm this with the hotel before booking.

Local phone booths are available at all the public places. They may be little bit expensive though. A cheaper local phone option is to buy a mobile phone SIM card from shops and that can make you contactable with a local mobile phone number. Calling abroad using this SIM card may be little expensive.

International country code for the USA is 001.

8. Accommodation options

The following information is only to help the participants. IMRA is not responsible for organizing accommodation for the participants. IMRA has negotiated a good price with good service offer package with the following nearby hotels. While booking with them, please give them reference “IMRA-Kean International Conference” to get the best offer.

(a) Hampton Inn Elizabeth – download this form, fill it and email it to Fiona Chen.

(b) Hilton Newark Penn Station Newark

Please download the Hotel information and the tariffs.

Important: Due to highly busy season, we recommend the participants to book their accommodation in advance to avoid any last minute disappointments.

9. Conference Venue Address & Emergency Phone Number

IMRA-Kean International Conference
Sixth & Fourth Floors,
Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB),
Global Business School,
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue,

Union
New Jersey: 07083United States of America

 

Emergency phone number: 001-908-737-4190

Nearby Train Station: The Union Train Station on New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley line is across the street from the campus.

Campus parking: Ample parking available at the campus.

Important-1: Download this PowerPoint file that will give you some idea about the conference venue building.

Important-2: Watch this 10 minute video that will give you some idea about the Kean University campus and its facilities.


10. Sight Seeing

We are planning to have Group Sight Seeing Guided Tour of New York City on Sunday 1st June 2014 starting at 10:00 AM.

Conference Schedule: DAY-4: Sunday 1st June 2014 –  Optional New York City Sight-seeing Tour

About: Hop on / hop off bus excursions aboard a double-decker bus. You can ride around the city and see the sights explained in a host of languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Russian or Hebrew. And of course, there’s a licensed guide on board who’ll give you the whole story live. Best of all, you can get off whenever you like to dine, shop or explore, then hop back on to keep going. Enjoy our Downtown Loop Tour, where you’ll experience Greenwich Village, Chinatown and beyond.

Sight Seeing Tour Map: http://www.newyorksightseeing.com/GLNY_Map_Fall13.pdf

Meeting point and time: The participants who have registered for this New York City Sight Seeing Tour will assemble on Sunday 1st June at 10 AM at Gray Line Tours, 777, 8th Avenue (between 47th & 48th Street), New York, NY 10036. In case you are not able to reach on time, your tickets will still be valid and you can join another bus as there are frequent of them.

Option-1
Ticket price for Downtown Loop Plus (valid for 24 hours): $44
The details of this tour is on http://www.newyorksightseeing.com/tourpage.php?item=DLPLUS

Option-2
Ticket price for All Loops Tour Plus (valid for 48 hours): $54
The details of this tour is on http://www.newyorksightseeing.com/tourpage.php?item=ALPLUS

Note: The participants who are interested join are requested to please pay cash to the Conference Registration Desk latest by 31st May, 4 pm, so that online booking can be made during the evening and the ticket can be provided to them immediately. This sightseeing tour will happen on Sunday 1st June.

11.  More Information about New Jersey, USA

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g28951-s1/New-Jersey:United-States:Inside.html