AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over a year ago. Those 110,000 flyers from the Garden State will represent 9 percent of all Thanksgiving travellers. The group says it's roughly a 3.5 percent increase over 2016 and the most travelers since 2007. Travel by trains, buses and cruises is expected to increase to nearly 1.5 million travelers.
Holiday travel times in the most congested cities could be as much as three times longer than usual.
With more people traveling by auto, air, bus, and train, AAA urges people to expect delays and beware of traffic hotspots.
More Tennesseans are expected to fly to their destination as well, about 37,000 will travel by air, which is the highest since 2006. "You can also check with TSA, check with the website to make sure you're not carrying any prohibited items", said Candace Carpenter, Marketing Manager, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. But while air travel will be relatively cheap, drivers will be paying the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014.
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Road traffic will be tremendous with 45.5 million people on the road this holiday weekend, but thankfully the worst time to drive - Tuesday night - has passed.
Road Trippers: 89 percent of all travelers -45.5 million- are planning a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 1.6 million people (3.2%) over previous year. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of unleaded is averaging around $2.49. New Jersey will see about 30,621 travelers use such travel and have a smaller increase than across the country, with a.2 percent increase.
If your commute is by vehicle, timing is key for the expected 2.3 million drivers on Florida's roads. Logan Airport is projecting higher than usual holiday volume and is advising travelers to show up early for their flights, according to a Massport advisory.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is monitoring traffic, with highway signs reminding people to think about traveling early. Flights will be full, but fewer flights will be offered than in July and August - the airport's busiest travel times. "We got a head start this year", said Anne Flaminio.