NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — People all across the Tri-State marked the unofficial start of summer by hitting the roads this Memorial Day weekend — and severe storms Friday evening made for a miserable commute.
Thirty-six million Americans are traveling this holiday weekend and eight in 10 are taking the car, Robert Sinclair with AAA New York told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.
As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported from Mobile 2, traffic was already heavy early Friday evening on the West Side Highway. But the storms that passed through later in the evening made it far worse.
Since many travelers are heading out of the city instead of in, Manhattan’s outbound roadways looked more like parking lots than usual.
In New Jersey, the severe weather caused a traffic nightmare for those trying to get away for the long weekend.
Shane Irizarry told Carlin extra coffee helped him as he took his family from Dobbs Ferry to Lavellette. The combination of heavy traffic and heavy rain added close to two extra hours on his drive time.
“You can’t be frustrated and be a road rager all the way down here, because it won’t help the situation,” he said.
Those who spoke with Carlin said regardless of the weather and heavy traffic, nothing will keep them away from the surf and sand after the tough winter they’ve endured.
NJ TRANSIT began offering early train service out of New York City at 1 p.m. Friday. Extra outbound trains are operating on the Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley, Morris & Essex and Port Jervis lines. Extra buses are also available from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. For more information, click here.