More people traveling this holiday season

6:30 PM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The day before Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel days of the season; train stations, bus stations, and airports filled up Wednesday morning with people heading out to see family.

According to the travel website, Trip Advisor, 35% of travelers this holiday season are flying, that's up from 34%. AAA says more people overall will be traveling this year, but it's still a slow increase.

Things were fairly calm and quiet at the Jetport on Wednesday with short lines, but officials say all of their flights were full. It certainly helps that mother nature has been so quiet lately, keeping most flights on time.

Over at the bus and train terminal in Portland, Amtrak officials say they've seen an increase in ridership since the expansion of service to Freeport and Brunswick at the start of the month. Patricia Quinn, the executive director of the Northen New England Passenger Rail Authority, says their noontime train carried 100 more passengers into Maine this year than last year at the same time.

A number of passengers we spoke with say they're happy to sit back and ride, instead of spending the money on gas.


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