Thanks to its easy access to New York City by rail, Rutherford became an early bedroom community. Following the initial wave of settlement in the late 19th century, an additional building boom occurred in the 1920s, when the majority of the borough's current housing stock was constructed.
NJ Transit offers service to and from New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on several routes. The 163 offers rush hour service only. The 190 offers local service along Union Avenue and Orient Way. The 191, 192 and 195 routes all serve the portion of Rutherford that is adjacent to Route 3, as well as the portion of Route 17 that goes through Rutherford. The 76 bus provides service between Hackensack and Newark.
Rutherford's train station serves passengers on NJ Transit's Bergen County Line. Service is available to Suffern and various stations along Metro-North Railroad's Port Jervis Line, and to all other Bergen County Line stations. Service is also provided to Hoboken Terminal with connections to Hudson–Bergen Light Rail, PATH, and NY Waterway service, and customers can connect at Secaucus for trains to New York Penn Station, Newark Liberty International Airport, and points west and south along the Morris & Essex Lines, North Jersey Coast Line, Northeast Corridor Line, and Montclair-Boonton Line. Access to the Raritan Valley Line is available at either Hoboken or at Newark Penn Station via Secaucus.
A short portion of the New Jersey Turnpike Western Spur (Interstate 95) passes through the southern section of Rutherford, but the closest interchange is in neighboring East Rutherford (exit 16W).
Rutherford is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Iviswold castle – 223 Montross Avenue, on the campus of Felician College, built in 1869
- Kip Homestead – 12 Meadow Road
- Rutherford station – Station Square, constructed in 1898
- William Carlos Williams House – 9 Ridge Road
- Yereance-Berry House – 91 Crane Avenue
- Rutherford holds an annual street fair on Labor Day which is the longest-running street fair in New Jersey and usually attracts 20,000 people.
- The Rutherford Multicultural Festival is an annual event that provides traditional entertainment and food from around the world.
- 1 Richard Dekorte Park, Lyndhurst.
- 2 Medieval Times, 149 Polito Ave, Lyndhurst.
- 1 The American Dream Mall, American Dream Way, Rutherford (Exit 16e on the NJ Turnpike). Second largest mall in the United States and the largest in New Jersey. Home to a huge indoor waterpark.
- Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, 801 Rutherford Avenue, ☏ , toll-free: , fax: .
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