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24 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Jessica Gilbert left and Sam Holsten of Hallowell check in to their flight Tuesday from the Portland International Jetport to Denver for their Thanksgiving trip. Airport officials expect about 36,000 people to fly in and out of Portland over the holiday

AAA projects that 50.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles away for Thanksgiving, which is a 3.3 percent increase from a year ago and would make it the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005.

Road trip ready: 89 percent of all travelers - 45.5 million - are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, an increase of 3.2 percent over previous year.

But if you do venture away from home, you will be joined by a projected 50.9 million other travelers going 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving. They say at its peak, drivers on some interstates and highways could see delays of almost 300 percent over the optimal trip.

That's because travel is expected to increase this year across the nation. About 89 percent of holiday travelers, or 45.5 million, will be hitting the road. "Saturday was opening day of deer season in NY, so now we're going to go down to Scranton for Thanksgiving", said Bill Felins.

According to AAA, gas prices in the state of Pennsylvania are about 41 cents higher than they were this time previous year. "People want to give themselves definitely, extra time, to make sure that they can get through those security lines and get to their destination", Nobile said.


Lisa Torbic, senior public information officer for NJ Transit, said holiday public transportation travel tends not to be about volume of customers as much as the travel times. The cost to fill up is now $2.26 a gallon on average across the Palmetto State, according to gas price service GasBuddy and motor club AAA.

Guests will pay more for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels this year. Right now, the average in New Jersey is $2.57. In Boston, which AAA ranks as the eighth most congested city in the country, the worst wait will likely occur at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 84 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

"I think people will be thankful that our airport is not as busy". Here's how Waze expects those travel times to pan out for the rest of the week. Sundquist advises passengers to arrive at least 75 minutes before their scheduled departure.

AAA says you can expect 2-1/2 times the normal delays.

"We advise people to book ahead so they don't get there and find they can't buy a ticket", Quinn said.

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