AAA: Nearly 51 Million Traveling for Thanksgiving

Presidential Turkey Pardoning Through the Years

Presidential Turkey Pardoning Through the Years

The American Automobile Association says almost 51 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving.

More than 2.2 million New Englanders will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving weekend, a 3.5 percent increase over previous year, which would be the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005, according to AAA.

Road Trip Ready: 1.1 million will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of 3.2% over a year ago.

Highway congestion is expected throughout CT, the Northeast region, and the country as AAA expects 51 million Americans to travel more than 50 miles over the holiday weekend, with the majority driving to their destination.

The Interstate 93 HOV lane between Boston and Quincy is open Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m.to help keep the extra traffic moving.

That would be the highest since 2014 saw the average at $2.79 a gallon. but. still far below the all-time high of $3.44 in 2012.

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"If you have small children in your auto, have something to entertain them with, because it may take a little longer to get to your destination", he said. AAA says Wednesday through Sunday will be busier than usual on the roads.

People traveling by vehicle to their holiday destination have many ways to save money on gas, although some are not as obvious as others. "I just want people to be safe that's the bottom line is for them to be safe", Howard said. Holiday travel is up from previous year, and the highest it's been in more than a decade.

$2.39 - Average Kansas price for a gallon of gas as of November 20. That number is the highest volume in more than a decade. Nationally, the average price per gallon is $2.54 a gallon. Here's how Waze expects those travel times to pan out for the rest of the week.

"I think people have already made their plans to travel and although prices are a little bit higher, it's not going to deter them from visiting their families and enjoying the Thanksgiving traditions they typically enjoy", said Karen Sanchez with AAA. The service runs five daily round-trips between Brunswick and Boston during the week, but will cut back to its three-round-trip service on Thursday.

Thanksgiving and traffic go together like turkey and dressing. "We are expecting that many of our trains will be sold out".

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