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Thanksgiving Travel: Highways Will Be A Bit More Crowded

More than 5 million Californians are expected to travel next week to celebrate Thanksgiving

The roads but not the skies will be a little more crowded this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The California State Automobile Association is predicting 5.4 million Californians will travel at least 50 miles over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend.

That's a 0.6 percent increase over last year. It's also the fourth straight year there has been a slight increase in California travel over Thanksgiving.

More than 4.7 million California travelers are expected to drive. That's a 0.5 percent increase.

Another 548,000 will fly. That's a 1.8 percent decrease. Higher air fares are mostly to blame for the drop.

Almost 170,000 people are expected to use other modes of transporation, such as trains and boats. That's an 11 percent increase.

People who hit the road are expected to drive an average of 887 miles over the four-day weekend.

A West Coast family of four will spend an average of $767, if they travel over the holiday weekend.

Dan Perez November 19, 2012 at 08:35 AM
Looks like the traffic going towards the Paragon outlets in Livermore.
Californicated1 November 19, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Stock photo. The stretches of 580 around the Paragon outlets are black-top, not concrete as this photo shows. The old Concrete stretches are in Pleasanton and just past First Street/Springtown these days.

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