Holiday travel: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Whether you’re hitting the roads, taking to the sky or even jumping on a train to visit your family and friends there’s one thing all have in common…traffic and crowds.

Officials say no matter where you are going or what method of transportation you use, give yourself some extra time to get there.

The holidays are here bringing along the busiest travel time of the year and chances are the roads will be packed.

“AAA is projecting that 1.5 million Michiganders will travel during this time over 50 miles away from their home,” said AAA Field Sales Manager Steve Zimmerman.

Zimmerman says travel on the roads is expected to be up two percent this year over last.

“This is actually the most travelers since 2007 that will be on the roadways,” Zimmerman stated.

And as drivers hit the roads, state troopers will too.

“We will be concentrating our efforts on drug and addiction and high visibility so we want people to know that we’re out there but we want people to slow down and drive accordingly,” Michigan State Police First Lt. Joseph Thomas said.

But if road trips aren’t your style and you’re headed to the airport instead, Nicole Noll-Williams with Capital Region International Airport says get there early.

“Come prepared…have your boarding pass, make sure your bags are checked appropriately so you can move through security quickly and easily,” Noll-Williams added.

And if you’re taking the scenic route, with the holidays here…officials say even the trains will be packed.

“There will be about 250 people getting on the train this morning and there will be over 200 getting off this afternoon,” MDOT Director of the Office of Rail Tim Hoeffner said.

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