The Thanksgiving journey rush is on, and again to ranges not seen since earlier than the pandemic.
An estimated 50 million Individuals are hitting the highway this week, and from the rails to the roads to the runways, it’s set to be the very best single-year enhance since 2005.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey mentioned round 5 million persons are flying in or utilizing their bridges and tunnels this week, however regardless of that eye-popping complete, the busiest freeway within the nation is definitely on Lengthy Island.
AAA says throughout a 4 hour stretch on Wednesday, the Lengthy Island Expressway has extra site visitors than wherever within the nation. Components of the LIE have been already at a crawl within the afternoon, with bumper-to-bumper site visitors anticipated to pull on for hours.
Even on a good day, drivers consult with the much-traveled freeway as “the parking lot,” and with added vacation site visitors, it will get even worse than regular.
An exasperated Bob Federici, who lives in Dix Hills and travels the LIE frequently for work, wasn’t stunned to listen to the highway being named the busiest highway in America for the day earlier than Thanksgiving.
“I believe it. I believe it and I can’t wait to get off it, to be honest with you because I have been traveling all morning,” he instructed NBC New York.
Federici’s anguish was confirmed by site visitors information from 10 main cities. A stretch of the eastbound LIE between Borden Avenue and Little Neck Parkway noticed a 482 % site visitors enhance within the afternoon — practically all of which is the consequence of drivers heading out for the vacation.
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“Coming from the city to the island is a nightmare as it is, and on a holiday it’s even worse,” mentioned Charlene Monetti, who lives in Woodbury.
AAA President Robert Sinclair mentioned a file 90 % of vacation vacationers are driving this weekend, regardless of increased gasoline costs. The typical tri-state worth of $3.63 a gallon is the very best since 2013, up $1.50 from a yr in the past.
Joe Kronberg stuffed up at a gasoline station earlier than leaving for the Hamptons Wednesday, taking no possibilities that LIE site visitors might jeopardize his vacation meal.
“I have about 24 hours to be out there so I am going to give myself that lead time,” he mentioned. “Nowadays travel is always a big question mark, so the more time you give yourself, the better.”