Maplewood and South Orange are often grouped together because they share a school district and some common history. The midtown-direct train line, instituted here in 1996, decreased the commute into the city from 50 minutes to 30, and popularity of the two towns boomed. South Orange has a hip, college-town feel as it is home to Seton Hall University and “a collection of shops that cover a little bit of everything,” according to NJ Monthly. Its new performing arts center–created in conjunction with SHU–is a triumph and has been increasing its influence every year. Maplewood has maintained the small-town vibe in its downtown “village” since the 1950s, with a movie theater, local stores, and several upscale and midscale restaurants. The town even has a reputation as a center of recreational invention, being the birthplace of both Ultimate Frisbee and the wooden golf tee.