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More than 3 million NC residents to travel during Christmas holiday

More than 3 million NC residents to travel during Christmas holiday More than 3 million NC residents to travel during Christmas holiday
Mandy Jefferson | 23 December, 2017, 02:11

The vast majority of travelers, about 90 percent, are driving to their destinations.

Travel times during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the normal trip, according to AAA.

"With over 2 million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year's holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority", said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.

Omaha forecast: Saturday - Partly sunny, high of 25, low of 15; Sunday - Sunny, 30, 15; Monday - Partly sunny, chance of snow, 30, 10; Tuesday - Partly sunny, 20, 10; Wednesday - Chance of snow, partly sunny, 30, 20; Thursday - Light snow, 30, 20; Friday - Light snow, 20, 10; December 30 - Light snow, 30, 10; December 31 - Light snow, 30, 15; January 1 - Light snow, 25, 15. Prices were at $2.45 a gallon on Thursday, up about 9 percent from a year earlier, AAA said. That's 3 percent more than previous year.

Global transportation analytics company INRIX, along with AAA, predict that holiday travel times are likely to be affected by the increased number of travelers.

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AAA wants drivers to be safe this holiday season. You can get real-time travel information by calling 511 and online at DriveNC.gov.

According to the travel report this holiday season from December 23 through New Years will be the "highest year-end travel volume on record", and is a 3.1 percent traveler increase from last year's numbers.

Trains, buses and light rail use will increase this year by about 2.2 percent to see about 3.6 million travelers.

AAA's Tipsy Tow service will be offered on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

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