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Turkey Day Travel: By Land or Air, It's Crowded Out There

A new study confirms what we already know: Bay Area roadways are crowded on Thanksgiving eve. But we were a bit surprised to find out that San Francisco is number one on the list of the busiest travel cities in America just before Turkey Day. Data from the study says traffic congestion is at its worst starting at noon, so it's time to hit the holiday road, people. And, should you be headed to the airport, prepare to stand in line.

ABC 7 News reported on the study from INRIX (traffic intelligence specialists) this morning. According to them, it will take 44 percent longer to get out of town today than on a normal day. Traffic predictions say that it will be bad from noon until 6 p.m., with the worst congestion happening between 2:30 and 4:30.

California has a lot of representation on the worst traffic list; SF is followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego.


ABC 7 News also reports that there's an 8 percent increase in holiday travelers at San Francisco International. Earlier this week, the Transportation Security Administration reported that this would be the heaviest travel season in the U.S. since 9/11. · SF Among Busiest Cities for Thanksgiving Traffic [ABC 7 News]
· Record Bay Area Holiday Travel Expected This Year [ABC 7 News]