Service on the New Jersey Transit Gladstone Branch and Morristown Line is available at the Summit station. Trains go to Hoboken Terminal, and from there, a PATH subway train can take passengers to downtown Manhattan or to 33rd street at Sixth Avenue. There is direct service from Summit to New York's Penn Station in Midtown Manhattan. Trains run hourly to Manhattan, and run more frequently during rush hours which also have express trains which bypass local stops between Summit and Newark.

New Jersey Transit offers bus service to and from Newark on the 70 route with local Wheels service on the 986 route. In addition, Lakeland Bus Lines (Route 78) provides service to and from Manhattan during peak commuting hours.


There are 2 local preschools: Jefferson Primary and Wilson Primary

Elementary Schools                                                   Middle Schools                                                           High Schools

Brayton                                                                           Lawton C. Johnson                                                    Summit High





Arts and culture

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is the state’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Comprising a renowned studio art school and a thriving exhibitions and programming schedule, the Art Center engages the community in visual learning, interpretive programs, and hands-on art making experiences. In 2009 the Art Center received for the first time the designation “Major Impact Organization” from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2009 and again in 2010 the Art Center also was honored with a Discover Jersey Arts People Choice Award for Best Place to Take an Adult Art Class. The Art Center is accredited by the American Association of Museums and welcomes over 60,000 visitors annually.

The Summit Playhouse Association was founded in 1918 as a World War I relief organization. Since then, they have mounted over 290 productions, making us one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the United States. They present three shows a year: a Fall show in November, a Winter show in February and March, and a Spring show in May. During the summer, Kaleidoscope, theater for youth, presents a production for — and with! — students.


In 1837, the Morris and Essex Railroad, which became the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad and is now the New Jersey Transit's Morris and Essex Lines, was built over what was then called "The Summit" hill, a name later shortened to Summit. The railroad allowed Summit to outgrow neighboring New Providence, which didn't have a train station. In 1868, a hotel named "The Summit House" burned beside the railroad. In 1869, Summit and New Providence separated and the Summit area was incorporated as the "Township of Summit". In the late 19th century, the area began shifting from farmland to wealthy estates; in 1892, renowned architect C. Abbott French cleared away a crest of a "summit ridge", removing "an impenetrable tangle of wild vines ... and myriads of rattlesnakes," to build a house with a view of New York City, The Times Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The present-day incarnation of Summit, known formally as the City of Summit, was incorporated on April 11, 1899