Holiday travel period continues through New Year's Day

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 24, 2013 2:39 PM
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(Philadelphia) -- The last and longest holiday travel period of 2013 is well underway.

More than 3.2 million Pennsylvanians are hitting the road to spend time with family and friends, now through January 1st.

That's more than a quarter of the state's population traveling 50 miles or more away from home. Over 90 percent of Pennsylvania's holiday travelers will be getting to their destinations by car.

AAA Mid-Atlantic's Jenny Robinson says that's about a half-percent increase from last year -- about the same as the national numbers.

She notes gas prices shouldn't bring any holiday surprises.

"Prices have kind of stabilized. We did see some increases following our low that we hit about mid-November, but not too much fluctuation lately," she says. "We're not really seeing a huge effect in terms of end-of-year travel."

Gas prices in the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle metro area are averaging $3.42 today, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That's a penny less than Lancaster's average. York has the lowest gas prices in the midstate. Its metro is averaging $3.41 cents for a gallon of regular.

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