Thanksgiving Travel Rush Is On
By: Tim Studebaker
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – Thanksgiving week is here , and that means some of the busiest travel days of the year are now upon us.
Joseph Migliaccio was traveling to Long Island on Tuesday. He says, “It’s a little hectic. There’s a lot of people moving off campus this week, so getting an Uber and stuff like that to the train station was definitely harder than usual.
The upcoming holiday means some of the busiest travel days of the year, no matter how you plan to go.
Hillary Murray was traveling to New Hampshire on Tuesday. She says, “We take trains every time we possibly can. I mean if we are going somewhere that requires more than three to four hours then we try to take a plane or drive.”
According to Jason Abrams, spokesperson for Amtrak, it’s historically their busiest week of the year, and they run extra trains to keep up with demand.
Abrams says, “Last year, we set a record with more than 846,000 people across the country. Specifically to Providence, we had around 17-and-a-half thousand people just travel in and out of the station during the week.”
He also says last year, Providence was among the top ten stations in the Amtrak network for overall ridership.
It’s a similar scene at TF Green Airport. Bill Fischer with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation says the Tuesday before, as well as the Sunday and Monday after Thanksgiving, are some of the busiest days.
Fischer says, “Peak season travel for this time of year is November 23rd to December 2nd, where approximately 63,000 departing seats will travel out of TF Green, including 528 flights.”
He adds: They’re ready.
Fischer says, “We have a plan in place for this time of year. We know what to expect.”
Abrams and Fischer from both Amtrak and TF Green Airport had the same advice: Check for updates on train or flight status, whether you’re the one traveling, or you’re picking someone up.
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