More LIers expected to stay home for Thanksgiving
Fewer Long Islanders are expected to hit the road and take to the sky for Thanksgiving this year.
Even as gas prices drop below $2 a gallon at some Long Island gas stations, many residents say it?s not enough to get them out on the road. AAA says the number of holiday travelers will decline by 1.5 percent across the nation. It is the first time in six years that the organization is predicting a decline for holiday travel. AAA says 41 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday and about 4.54 million will be flying. Air passengers taking off Wednesday were largely greeted with small lines, if any.
Due to the decline in drivers, AAA representatives say they are hopeful there will also be less traffic-related deaths over the holiday weekend. The Long Island Rail Road is adding additional eastbound trains Wednesday night to accommodate the increase of customers coupled with increased security after word of a possible terror threat against rail lines.
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