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The American Automobile Association predicts record-breaking numbers on the road and in the air this year. A total of 55.3 million travelers are expected to travel from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 1 by car, plane, train, bus and cruise ship. That makes for a 1.6 million-person increase from last year, the second-highest since AAA began recording data in 2000.
The worst time to hit the road is Wednesday afternoon, according to INRIX, a global transportation analytics company that partners with AAA to compile holiday travel data. If you plan on driving in the late afternoon or early evening (5 to 7:30 p.m.) around Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Boston or Houston, your trip could take up to 3½ times longer than usual.
The traffic jams start early in San Francisco (2-4 p.m.) and Washington (3-5 p.m.), where trips are expected to take about three times as long as normal.
“With record levels of travelers, and persistent population growth in the country’s major metropolitan areas, drivers must prepare for major delays,” Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, said in a news release. “Although travel times will peak on Wednesday afternoon nationally, travelers should expect much heavier than normal congestion throughout the week.”
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