Today is a big travel day in the US. Good news for those thinking about using the PA Turnpike:
WNEP (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) – Pennsylvania Turnpike workers are on strike. Union employees, including toll takers and maintenance workers, walked off the job before 4:00 a.m Wednesday. They’ve been without a contract since September of 2003. The main issues are pay and benefits.
There will be no charge for travelers on the turnpike Wednesday. If the strike is still going on Thursday, managers will man some of the toll booths. A flat rate of $2 for passenger vehicles and $15 for commercial vehicles will begin after midnight, no matter where you are going.And now the bad news:
(CNN) — Tornado warnings in the South, snow in the Midwest and heavy rain along the East Coast could make holiday travel go from bad to worse on Wednesday.
“People need to get on the road now,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said. “By noon, much of the country is going to be a mess.”
Myers predicts snow, rain and fog will hamper travel in some of the biggest cities and on the busiest highways.
Interstate 70 in Missouri should get a dusting of snow while Interstate 80 will be wet east of Chicago and snowy to the west.
“This is going to be like the movie ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’ There’s going to be no way to get from here to there,” Myers said.”Sixbucks and my right nut says were not landing in Chicago.” (John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles).
Let’s hear you worst holiday travel story, or favorite PTA story…