Holiday travel to hit record highs

The airport security lines on Thursday morning

Almost a third of Coloradoans are expected to celebrate the holidays away from home this year, breaking statewide travel records and clogging roads and airports, AAA Colorado says.

A local representatives from AAA says that this is expected to be the busiest travel season ever, with 107 million people hitting the roads.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Trip times could triple for those traveling by vehicle, a AAA press release says.

Judy Mefferd, a Rohnert Park resident who had her son traveling home for the holidays from college in Erie, said it was quite an event in getting him home for the season after flights were delayed due to power outages in the East Coast and plane problems and while they know holiday travel can be tuff, it took him nearly three days to get home.


On the roads, 97.4 million automobile trips are forecasted for 2017, a 3 percent year-over-year increase. "We've seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel". You can call a ride for yourself or someone else by dialing (800) AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on December 24 and December 31.

"There's a lot of uncertainty for the weekend forecast right now", she said.

More than three million Virginians will fly, drive, or ride the train which represents a 2.9 percent increase compared to past year.

Trains, buses and light rail use will increase this year by about 2.2 percent to see about 3.6 million travelers. Prices were at $2.45 a gallon on Thursday, up about 9 percent from a year earlier, AAA said.

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