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Millions To Hit The Roads, Skies And Rails For Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Millions To Hit The Roads, Skies And Rails For Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

AAA says close to 51 million Americans will be heading 50 miles or more away from home this holiday. They say at its peak, drivers on some interstates and highways could see delays of almost 300 percent over the optimal trip. They also said that increase in road travelers is despite the fact that gas prices are about 40 cents higher than this same time a year ago.

There is also a slight increase in trains, bus and cruise travels (1 percent).

And for many, the traveling starts Wednesday. Driving is the most popular mode of travel.

This is projected to be the busiest Thanksgiving for travel since 2005.

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.

Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at five percent, with 3.95 million travelers.




The drivers that did opt to beat the heaviest of traffic this holiday weekend were greeted with heavy rain in many parts of the state.

AAA expects a record number of people to be traveling for Thanksgiving - almost 51 million people in the United States are estimated to be driving or flying at least 50 miles to their holiday destination.

The vast majority of these travelers - 89 percent - will embark on road trips, despite the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014. "Sometimes people take them out when they're loading up the vehicle with luggage, or food, but make sure you have that".

This week is the single busiest travel time of the year.

On Tuesday, AAA said the national average for a gallon of fuel was $2.53 - 40 cents higher than last Thanksgiving weekend. Idaho's average gas price was $2.66, and the US average was $2.53.

In the event of inclement weather, Darras advised all travelers at McGhee Tyson to closely monitor their flight status online at flyknoxville.com or by downloading the airport's free mobile application on Google Play or the Apple App Store. "No matter where you go, when you go, there's going to be a lot of traffic". Still, more people at the airport could affect wait and processing times.