Planes, Trains, and Automobiles All Suck This Week
Every year millions of people wish for a white Christmas, an inch or so of magical snow to enhance their holiday cheer. Most of the time we get nothing—this year we got a disastrous post-Christmas snowpocalypse.
The snow has stopped falling for about a day and a half, yet airports, roadways and rail lines continue to operate at a near standstill. During one of the most popular travel times of the year, airports have seen almost 7,000 cancellations since Sunday. Newark Airport reopened today for the first time since Sunday night, leaving passengers to sleep on baggage carousels and concrete floors.
While most highways and main roads have been cleared, many side-roads remain narrow and treacherous with hidden black ice. Some suburban areas in New Jersey saw up to two and a half feet of snow, and during Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s press conference today he declared this the 5th worst snow storm in New York City history.
Most people with real jobs attempted to return to work today after this weekend’s disastrous storm, but if you rely on public transportation that proved to be extremely difficult. If you happen to take the Path train from Newark, NJ you’re screwed because it’s not running today. If you live in Brooklyn and need to take the B, Q, or N trains CNN is reporting there is no service throughout most of Brooklyn.
Amtrak passengers attempting to travel between New York and Washington D.C. are still shit out of luck with trains continuing to be canceled today in both directions. Stranded passengers at New York Penn station were lucky to sleep in empty train cars the last couple nights.
And those poor souls who hate their relatives have probably ran out of booze days ago.
Next Christmas lets just be a little more careful with our wishes, because this is just another friendly reminder that natural disasters aren’t cool.