pathfinderNJ t1_ja9x753 wrote

It is very easy to commute to NYC and Philly from many surrounding suburbs, some of which are older main street type towns with shopping and food and where you could easily get away without a car. The suburbs are a whole different story. You would mostly need a car to do things. So the answer is there is a lot of mass transit and more coming, but it doesn't get you everywhere very easily.