Fewer People Traveling During the Holiday

November 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
AAA says fewer Californians will be traveling this Thanksgiving season; only 5.1 million. That's down 2.3% from last year."Many of those concerns can be linked to, of course, the high price of gas and also air travel is up approximately 8% this year as well," said AAA's Jose Plascencia.

Plascencia said more people are using the train to commute. Amtrak added six more passenger cars to the San Joaquin line running from Bakersfield to Oakland.

Michael Whitelaw said traveling with his family from Modesto to Fresno was cheaper on the train. "It cost me one way about 35 dollars 45 for both of us. So it's pretty cool. This was? a gas saver. You need a little extra money around the holidays too," said Whitelaw.

Still it seems drivers would relish in an opportunity to hit the road especially since the price of regular gasoline has fallen more than $2 since summer.

"I drive all the time. Gas prices lowering is a big relief to me," said Rebekah Jones.

Jones drives back and forth from San Diego to Fresno routinely costing her at least $150 at the pump. Now she will get home for turkey on a lighter buck. "I'll probably be able to get back home for 75 or back and forth I mean on 75 dollars," said Jones.

AAA said it hasn't seen a decline in Thanksgiving travel like this since 2002. This is the 4th consecutive holiday travel period with fewer people on the road.

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