Travel restrictions, mass transit changes in place for Wednesday

- Forecasters are tracking heavy snow for the area on Wednesday. Here's everything you need to know about how the storm will affect travel and mass transportation across the region:

MASS TRANSIT

SEPTA will operate Regional Rail on a Severe Storm Schedule, which is a Saturday timetable with some adjustments. See here for details.

The Amtrak Northeast Regional and the Acela Express services will be operating on a modified schedule between Boston and Washington D.C.

Other Amtrak rail services throughout Pennsylvania and New York State will be operating on modified schedules. There are also rail services that are canceled, including specific rail services on the Northeast Regional Service.

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Customers with reservations on trains being modified will be contacted. Amtrak will waive their change fee for customers who want to change their reservation for travel on March 7. These customers must contact Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Anyone can reach Amtrak by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL, or through Amtrak on Facebook or Amtrak on Twitter.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, PennDOT will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and RVs, on:

  • I-78 from the junction with I-81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line
  • I-80 from the junction with I-81 to the New Jersey line
  • I-81 from the Maryland line to the New York State line
  • I-84 from the junction with I-81 to the New York State line
  • I-380 from the junction with I-80 to the junction with Interstate 81

At the same time, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will prohibit these vehicles from traveling the northeastern extension between the Lehigh Tunnel and Clarks Summit.

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Additionally, at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, all commercial vehicles will be banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania.

Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered on these routes.

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