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Thanksgiving travel expected to be busiest in more than a decade

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Thanksgiving travel expected to be busiest in more than a decade

Thanksgiving travel expected to be busiest in more than a decade


Amtrak has upgraded passenger cars as Thanksgiving holiday travel approaches.

Americans will hit the roads, airports and rails for the Thanksgiving holiday in higher numbers this year than at any time in the past 12 years, AAA estimates.

AAA expects 51 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home from Wednesday through Sunday this year. That’s an increase of 3.3 percent over last year.

The Washington Post reports:

“A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry,” said Bill Sutherland, a AAA senior vice president. He said the trend will probably extend through the remainder of the holiday season.

Airlines for America, a trade group that represents some of the nation’s largest air carriers, predicts that between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, more than 28.5 million people will fly on U.S. airlines. AAA also says Americans will pay the lowest holiday airfares since 2013.

If you aren’t interested in flying or driving, you may want to look into traveling by train, especially if you’re going places in the Northeast or Midwest. Here’s the Post:

Amtrak this month unveiled refurbished train interiors for passengers who travel its Northeast and Midwest routes. The new seat cushions and carpets are part of a $16 million effort to make for a better travel experience.

At an event designed to showcase the new interiors, Mark Yachmetz, vice president for Northeast Corridor business development, said it was time for a “refresh.”

“At some point, you have to recycle the interiors and do something new,” he said. “No matter how hard you try to clean this stuff, you can’t get it clean.”

As part of that, the blue cloth seats that have been a mainstay in the fleet since the 1990s are being replaced with gray faux-leather coverings that are easier to clean and maintain. Trains in the fleet are also getting new carpeting. The new seats have lumbar support. Passengers on regional trains along the Northeast Corridor may already have seen some of the changes Amtrak hopes to have completed by the spring or summer.


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