Yesterday, reveilles and I went to Billerica to visit some friends and play board games. We took our usual route: the Mass. Turnpike, to 95, to 3, which normally takes about 40 minutes. Yesterday it took 1 hour and 30 minutes because, at the Turnpike exit to 95, <sarcasm>which no one ever uses</sarcasm>, they only had one person working collecting tickets and money, so there was a five-mile backup to get to the toll booth. Now, they had four lanes open for Fast Lane, the Mass. version of EZ Pass, which reveilles and I have, but the toll booth is after a two-lane overpass with no shoulder, so since that overpass was clogged, Fast Lane didn't help us that much. Once we got onto 95, there was no traffic at all.
We took a different route home, to avoid the Mass. Turnpike entirely, and when we drove near the Turnpike, it was still backed up some 6 hours later.