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Over one million Marylanders expected to travel this Thanksgiving

November 14th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects over 1.1 million Marylanders will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, a 4.6 percent increase from last year and the fourth consecutive year travel volume for the holiday has exceeded one million. This year’s forecast represents the highest travel volume since the 2005 Thanksgiving holiday.

The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25.

“As the economy continues to grow, along with wages, disposable income, and household wealth, many Marylanders are feeling enough confidence to not hold back on spending, which is evident by this year’s robust holiday travel forecast,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic.

                2018 Projected Thanksgiving Holiday Travel – Maryland

Travel Mode

Estimated # of Marylanders Traveling

Percentage of Travelers

Increase/Decrease Compared

to 2017

Auto

1,033,200  

91%

+4.7%

Air

82,100  

7%

+4.5%

Other Modes

21,900  

2%

+0.9%

Total

1,137,200  

+4.6%

 

Record Volume Expected for Automobile Travel/ Best Times To Travel

Over one million Marylanders are expected to drive to their destination, a record number that also has exceeded the one million mark for Thanksgiving auto travel for the second time since AAA began tracking holiday travel back in 2001.

Based on historical and recent travel trends, INRIX, a global mobility analytics company, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion Thanksgiving week during the early evening commute period, with travel times starting to increase on Monday.

The best days to travel will be on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday. Drivers should expect increased travel times on Sunday, as most holiday travelers will be making their way home after the long weekend.

INRIX identified 15 hotspots around the Baltimore Metro Area where drivers can expect to find the worst congestion during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period:

Baltimore

 Rank

Hotspot

Direction

 1

MD-295 N @ I-195

Northbound

 2

MD-295 N @ MD-100

Northbound

 3

I-95 N @ MD-100/Exit 43

Northbound

 4

I-695 CCW @ Edmondson Ave/Exit 14

Counterclockwise

 5

I-95 N @ Boston St/Exit 57

Northbound

 6

I-695 CW @ MD-26/Exit 18

Clockwise

 7

MD-295 S @ MD-193

Southbound

 8

I-695 CW @ MD-41/Perring Pkwy/Exit 30

Clockwise

 9

I-695 CCE @ Greenspring Ave/Exit 22

Counterclockwise

 10

I-95 S @ MD-175/Exit 41

Southbound

 11

MD-3 N @ MD-175/Millersville Rd/Annapolis Rd

Northbound

 12

I-895 N @ Harbor Tunnel Thwy (North)

Northbound

 13

MD-295 S @ MD-450

Southbound

 14

I-95 N @ MD-22/Exit 85

Northbound

 15

I-695 CCW @ MD-45/York Rd/Exit 26

Counterclockwise

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