A record breaking number of people were predicted to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year and drivers around Reagan…
A record breaking number of people were predicted to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday this year and drivers around Reagan National were critical of the airport’s effort to cope with the departure traffic at the end of the holiday weekend.
WASHINGTON – Calls to the WTOP Press Room on Sunday evening were critical of the Reagan National Airports efforts to deal with departure traffic Thanksgiving at the end of the holiday weekend.
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Many people were unprepared for the trouble they
WTOP traffic reporter Rob Stallworth began the field conversation from frustrated drivers early Sunday night.
“It’s just the sheer volume of holidaymakers coming to and from Reagan National at this time in order to move home.” Come home, says Stallworth. “It’s causing the problem. If I have several callers who say it takes them an hour to one and a half and just to get out of the terminal garages, it’s a problem. “
A caller, Steve from McLean, Virginia, said it was only happiness that allowed his passengers to fly.
” We did not budget any extra time, he had to run and barely captured his flight ” said the caller. “We were lucky I could duck into the parking lot for terminal A and his flight was in the southwest. It still took me an hour and fifteen minutes to get through the airport and get back to George Washington Parkway. “
Callers complained that there was a bottleneck on the airport road where the police blocked the exit on the northwestern George Washington Parkway, force drivers to circle back along the highway to get on road 1
The spokesman for airports, Rob Yingling, said however, that he was not aware of any circumstances that would have caused the police to block the outlet.
“We have many police officers who control traffic and control the flow to move as many people as possible in the afternoon and evening,” Yingling WTOP told . Yingling said that traffic management staff switched between the flows between cars leaving the airports’ arrival and departure levels to “maintain even distribution.”
Tracy Vargo, from Potomac, Maryland, released his daughter for the flight back to Michigan. He said that Google Maps gave them a bad estimate of how long it would take them to reach the exit point when they arrived at the airport. He said there was no warning that the exit of the northwestern George Washington Parkway would be closed.
“You do not know it’s closed until you get to the airport, return and interruption, and there is no exit,” said Vargo. “I did not understand what could have been so bad that they had to shut off at Parkway. This was probably my worst airport traffic experience. We left with plenty of time and we did not count on that kind of backup. After releasing
It seems, however, that drivers who began to travel back to the DC area earlier in the day with Interstate 95 got into the batter.
Theodore and Gina Holloway were among them, Going home to Baltimore after spending time with family in North Carolina. Traffic has not been a big question, but they say they expect to change when the day goes on and is happy to be close at home. They hope to make it happen. Sunday service.
“I’m going to church, I’m going to change my clothes now,” said Gina Holloway when she rushed into the bathroom and made it clear even little traffic could keep her from the church. 59005] With their dog in the back seat, they plan to take him to the church as well.
“We are confident they will let us in,” Theodore Holloway said. “It’s time to go to church and thank God for mercy.”
Isaac Daniels travels through Maryland from South Carolina and returns home to New York. He said he did not go into any traffic but left at 1 o’clock in the morning to be sure.
“I left at 1 o’clock instead of the clock I usually do. So far, I’m almost there,” says Daniels.
Although he said he is prepared for backup when he comes closer to New York, he is still hopeful that it will be a quiet home.
“I hope I burn through when I turn on a toddler,” he said.
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