Thanksgiving travel expected to increase

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 26, 2013 1:30 PM

(Wilmington, Del) -- Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year. AAA projects thousands more Pennsylvanians will hit the roads, crowd airports, and take the train ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

But, there are ways to get around the throngs of people.

"If you travel on Thanksgiving Day, not a lot of people actually do that.

That's actually a pretty low travel day, so if you're willing to depart, or if you're willing to start or end your trip on Thanksgiving Day itself, that's helpful," said Jenny Robinson of AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Robinson says cars remain the most popular way to travel, but more young people are moving towards trains and buses.

"Still far and away the car is the most popular way to go for Thanksgiving travel, and for most of the holidays we're talking about 90%. But we are seeing a growth in rail and bus travel, especially among the younger demographic."

She says the Sunday after Thanksgiving is going to be busy as well.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is often said to be the busiest travel day of the year, but Triple-A says a number of days in the summer are actually busier. NPR has debunked other myths about Thanksgiving travel here.

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