Holiday travel ups and downs

December 23, 2012 8:32:30 PM PST
It's the most wonderful time of the year, maybe except when it comes to holiday travel.

"When we hit Delaware it was like accident after accident," Joe Griffin of Annapolis, Maryland said.

Today is one of the busiest days before Christmas, as 93-million Americans, more than a million from the Philadelphia area, journey 50 miles or more away from home for the holiday.

The numbers are up this year, but as always AAA Mid-Atlantic says, the highways and byways are still the preferred choice for travelers.

"The preferred method for me is really flying, but I need a car when I get there so that's one thing," Durwood Farmer of Greenville, South Carolina said.

At Philadelphia International, today's clear weather offered few delays for the airport which has moved thousands of passengers in and out of the area this weekend.

For those coming from and going to the snow battered Midwest, there were some flight delays.

At 30th Street Station, trains were moving on time through the Northeast Corridor getting people like Lester Smith of Bryn Mawr, Pa. to those family members as quickly as possible.

"It was kind of packed on the train; I'm not used to seeing it like that," Smith said.

His mom was just happy to have Lester home for the holidays.

"I'm so excited for the holidays, just to have all my kids home at once," Nona Yancey said.

Some good news for drivers on the roadways today, AAA says while you're spending Christmas with the family, gas prices will slowly drop as we approach New Year's Day.


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