[UPDATE BELOW] Things are mostly back to normal in the city following yesterday's snowstorm, but it looks like unlucky travelers headed to LaGuardia are suffering the after-effects. Traffic on the way to the airport is so bad today that people are getting out of their cars and cabs and walking to their terminals alongside the highway. This phenomenon has, in fact, happened before, but the snow adds a some dramatic flair, doesn't it?
Indeed, it appears to be an icy, slushy bloodbath out by Departures:
— Luis J Kelly (@LuisjKelly) February 10, 2017
Again LGA messed up walking to terminals pic.twitter.com/IGKOb58k5f
— adem turkmen (@adem_turkmen) February 10, 2017
Here you see people getting out of their taxis ON THE GCP to climb a hill of snow. Jump a fence and walk to the terminal. pic.twitter.com/0bhXMiXRyT
— Shaq (@ShaquilleAKhan) February 10, 2017
Governor Cuomo doesn't even need to build that stupid AirTrain!
— Mike Meagher (@Meegs69) February 10, 2017
Even the pilots have picked up this new travel method:
— Samantha (@sammdavison) February 10, 2017
This isn't the first time in recent memory that LaGuardia traffic prompted travelers to ditch their cars—over the summer, road detours thanks to airport construction also prompted desperate fliers to carry their luggage to their terminals.
It seems like today's clusterfuck is due more to snow than construction, but we've reached out to the Department of Transportation and the Port Authority to see if they can shed some light on the situation—we'll update if and when we hear back.
Yesterday's storm led to the cancellations of more than half the flights at NJ and NY airports, so things are extra backed up today. And note that getting back from the airport doesn't seem much easier...
LGA = shit show.
I just counted 200 people in line for taxis. Seriously. 200. TWO. HUNDRED.
— James Carter (@jdcarter) February 10, 2017
Update 4:41 p.m.: A spokesperson with the Port Authority told Gothamist today's crazy traffic was primarily due to all of yesterday's canceled flights—a lot of passengers who were supposed to leave yesterday ended up on flights today, and that compounded with road conditions and construction at the airport caused a bit of increased congestion.
Here's what they say they're doing to mitigate the madness:
· There are more police on ground helping to move traffic -- double the number of Port Authority Police Officers (PAPD) and New York State Troopers are assisting with traffic movement in front of terminals.
· PAPD Traffic Officers are alternating closures on airport entrances to facilitate traffic (alternately closing entrances and exits carefully to ensure traffic can flow as well as possible).
· NYPD Traffic has provided Traffic Enforcement Agents at 94th Street and Ditmars Avenue to assist with traffic mitigation.
· Traffic Command Post is monitoring traffic conditions and deploying staff and resources where necessary, as well as coordinating with traffic messaging on Variable Message Signs (VMS ) on highways.
· Airline crews are being moved airside to help alleviate traffic on roads.
· eAlerts being sent to public and employees with retweet and posts on Twitter and Facebook, as well as website updates.
Good luck, travelers!