Millions projected to hit the roads for the holiday

Posted: Updated:
DIX HILLS -

Many Long Islanders are heading out today ahead of the long Christmas weekend, and travelers are expected to pack the roads, rails and runways.

AAA is projecting a record 107.3 million Americans will travel between Saturday and New Year’s Day.

About 90 percent of travelers, or 97.4 million people, will drive to their holiday destinations, despite the fact that year-end gas prices are the most expensive they’ve been since 2014.

Keith Randolph, of Amityville, says he's looking forward to seeing his family in New Jersey -- but not dealing with the extra cars on the road. 

"Leaving earlier is the best chance of getting out there because traffic is going to be crazy," says Randolph.

Traffic & Weather LIVE

Officials say about 3.6 million travelers will take another form of transportation like a train or a bus, and another 6.4 million people are expected to fly.

AAA says holiday airfares are nearly 20 percent cheaper than last year.

To handle the holiday rush on Long Island, the LIRR added 13 additional eastbound trains for Friday afternoon.

If you are heading to LaGuardia Airport for a flight out of town, the airport has new traffic patterns due to renovations.

  • TransportationMore>>

  • Syosset bans residential street parking for LIRR commuters

    Syosset bans residential street parking for LIRR commuters

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-09-20 02:13:11 GMT
    The parking problems for commuters who use the Syosset train station are about to get worse after the town of Oyster Bay banned parking on residential streets in the area.The parking problems for commuters who use the Syosset train station are about to get worse after the town of Oyster Bay banned parking on residential streets in the area.

    The parking problems for commuters who use the Syosset train station are about to get worse after the town of Oyster Bay banned parking on residential streets in the area.

    The parking problems for commuters who use the Syosset train station are about to get worse after the town of Oyster Bay banned parking on residential streets in the area.

  • Soil tests for Agent Orange alarm residents along Third Track project

    Soil tests for Agent Orange alarm residents along Third Track project

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-09-19 21:31:49 GMT
    Neighbors to the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project were alarmed to hear that the builder, 3TC, mentioned initial soil testing for Agent Orange at a New Hyde Park construction site.Neighbors to the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project were alarmed to hear that the builder, 3TC, mentioned initial soil testing for Agent Orange at a New Hyde Park construction site.
    Neighbors to the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project were alarmed to hear that the builder, 3TC, mentioned initial soil testing for Agent Orange at a New Hyde Park construction site.Neighbors to the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project were alarmed to hear that the builder, 3TC, mentioned initial soil testing for Agent Orange at a New Hyde Park construction site.

    Neighbors to the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project were alarmed to hear that the builder, 3TC, mentioned initial soil testing for Agent Orange at a New Hyde Park construction site.

    Neighbors to the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track project were alarmed to hear that the builder, 3TC, mentioned initial soil testing for Agent Orange at a New Hyde Park construction site.

  • Neighbors: LIRR train has been idling loudly for 2 weeks

    Neighbors: LIRR train has been idling loudly for 2 weeks

    Friday, September 14 2018 5:34 PM EDT2018-09-14 21:34:37 GMT
    A Long Island Rail Road train has been idling at the old Center Moriches train station for at least the past two weeks, frustrated neighbors tell News 12.A Long Island Rail Road train has been idling at the old Center Moriches train station for at least the past two weeks, frustrated neighbors tell News 12.

    A Long Island Rail Road train has been idling at the old Center Moriches train station for at least the past two weeks, frustrated neighbors tell News 12.

    A Long Island Rail Road train has been idling at the old Center Moriches train station for at least the past two weeks, frustrated neighbors tell News 12.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."