Easier Return After Thanksgiving
Post reporters Bill Brubaker and Ian Shapira talked to travelers and travel experts on Sunday who described the return traffic from Thanksgiving as surprisingly light for what is often the worst day of the year for long distance riders.
My own experience with the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving, plus advice from readers and transportation experts, has led me avoid the roads on those days. We've certainly seen people spread out their departure days and times over the past few years. But the return trips still were squeezed into a much narrower window, as most people still lingered with family and friends until Sunday.
This year, I left Washington for Cape Cod on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and returned the Saturday after. On the return trip, we encountered 11 miles of heavy traffic getting through New Haven, Conn., and I thought it would remain so for the next 300 miles. But no, that was it. Along the way home, we saw signs of heavy shopping traffic in New York and New Jersey. But the later it got that Saturday night, the easier the travel was.
Some traditional bottlenecks along the northeast corridor were not problems: The point where the New Jersey Turnpike's auto and truck lanes merge, the Delaware Memorial Bridge toll and the Delaware Turnpike toll plaza presented no difficulties. (By the way, on the New Jersey Turnpike, we find the merge backup less severe if we're in the truck lanes rather than the auto lanes.)
Did you have any travel experiences during the past week that would help other travelers next year or -- more immediately -- during Christmas week this year? Dec. 25 is a Tuesday, so I'm sure many people are planning to make it a Thanksgiving-style four day weekend. The differences will be that the holiday is on the back end and that many people can take the entire week off thanks to school schedules.
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