Holiday getaway underway on LI

An estimated 41 million people will travel by car today, even though the price to fill up with gas is now at a premium rate. (7/3/14)

WOODBURY - Thursday was getaway day, and Long Island residents were among millions of Americans jumping into planes, trains and cars for the holiday weekend.

Drivers faced a double whammy this holiday getaway.  They were not only dealing with stormy weather, but also some pretty painful prices at the pump.

An estimated 41 million people were expected to travel by car Thursday, even though the price to fill up is now at a premium rate.

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AAA says gas prices are at a six-year high for the holiday weekend. The average price for a gallon of regular on Long Island is $4.03. A year ago it was $3.77 a gallon.

The LIRR added eight additional eastbound trains Thursday afternoon, with extra train service to Montauk and Greenport.

In the air, officials say travelers paid about 15 percent more compared to last year.

More than 3 million people are expected to hit the skies by the end of Sunday.

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