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More than 3 million NC residents to travel during Christmas holiday

More than 3 million NC residents to travel during Christmas holiday

The number of year-end travelers in the USA has increased by 21.6 million - or more than 25 percent - since 2005.

Although gas prices are 13 cents higher than this time a year ago, more than 90 percent of those traveling for the holiday are expected to drive, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Ragina Cooper Averella said. "We've seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long".

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

A local representatives from AAA says that this is expected to be the busiest travel season ever, with 107 million people hitting the roads.

Jon Stout, media spokesperson for the Charles M. Schulz airport said they expect to see an increase of five flights for the smaller commuter airline service airport.

USA motor trips will rise to 97.3 million for this holiday season, the seventh consecutive annual increase, AAA said.

AAA Two and Three Diamond Rated hotel prices are down. "If that plan falls through, give AAA a call and we'll get you home". You can call a ride for yourself or someone else by dialing (800) AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on December 24 and December 31.

Virginia drivers are also paying higher prices at the pump by about 15 cents per gallon compared to a year ago. The Two Diamond nightly average rate is $121, a 5 percent decrease from previous year.

According to gasbuddy the lowest price in Rohnert Park is at a mere $2.87 at Costco and the highest is only 3:09 at Kacee's Gas and Car Wash. Penngrove residents can fill up at Rohnert Park Valero, the closet and cheapest place at $3.00 for regular.

In the air, 6.4 million travelers will take to the skies which is a 4.1 increase from 2016.

"The schedule will be the same next week for New Year's Eve", Albee said.

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