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J'nelle AgeeNov 19, 2017, 1:21 pmNov 20, 2017, 3:59 pm

Holiday travel: AAA reports Thanksgiving weekend will be the busiest since 2005

Travel congestion will begin Tuesday evening, officials say


PEEKSKILL — People from all across the Hudson Valley region will take to the roads, rails and skies for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Nearly 51 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more all across the country during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Officials from AAA say this is a 3.3 percent increase from 2016. They say the upcoming holiday weekend will have the highest travel volume since 2005.

Officials credit the travel increase to a strengthening economy and labor market generating rising incomes and high consumer confidence.

AAA listed New York as their third top Thanksgiving destination, and officials expect travel times to be three times longer than normal over the holiday weekend.

According to AAA, up to 46 million people will be taking a road trip over the next week, but those traveling by air will be thankful for the cheapest airfare in several years.

Officials say travel congestion will begin as early as Tuesday evening for residents in the New York area.

Automobile travel will grow by 3.2 percent this Thanksgiving.

AAA says drivers will pay the highest gas prices since 2014. Locally, the state average is $2.69, more than thirty cents higher than last year. Locally, the average gas price in White Plains is just over $2.80.

AAA representatives say although flight prices will drop this year, rental car prices are expected to increase 34% from last year to around $70 per day this holiday weekend.

Officials are urging people to stay alert when they travel and if driving to take breaks as needed.

They are also asking people who are planning to leave town by air to allow plenty of time to go through security checkpoints at area airports.

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