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Thanksgiving travel expected to be at highest level in 12 years

July 21 2018, 12:15 | Alonzo Simpson

Thanksgiving travel expected to be at highest level in 12 years

Prepare for Heavy Thanksgiving Traffic if Traveling AAA Texas Says

In Massachusetts, more than 1.1 million people expect to travel over Thanksgiving, and more than 975,000 of them will go by auto, AAA said.

If you're traveling to your Thanksgiving dinner, you could see a lot more people on the road than a year ago.

More than 1.4 million people will be traveling for the long holiday weekend - the most since 2007, according to AAA.

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AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predict travel times in the most congested cities in the USA during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the optimal trip. It mirrors a 3.3 percent increase expected nationwide, to almost 51 million Americans. Americans on average are paying $2.56 at the pump, and Virginians have seen an average increase of 30 cent across the state from previous year. The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel.

Gas prices jumped more than 10 percent after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, peaking on September 8 at an average of $2.67 a gallon.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 26. In Palm Beach County, the average price for regular was $2.62, up from $2.30 a year ago. At $157, on average, that is a 23 percent fare drop year-over-year. Travel by other modes of transportation will increase about 1.2 percent this Thanksgiving in the Great Lake State, with over 45,000 travelers choosing cruises, trains and buses as their mode of travel. Although Idaho gas prices have been among the highest in the country in recent years, a nine-cent increase over the past month brings the US average to within a dime of Idaho pump prices. "However, this year flying for the holiday is not as expensive as other years with average airfares the lowest in five years".

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