Thanksgiving getaway day off to flying start
The start of the four-day Thanksgiving weekend kicked off Wednesday with perfect weather conditions for travel and few issues for Long Island motorists and commuters.
Those taking to the air were in luck, as the Federal Aviation Administration was reporting no major delays at any of the nation's airports.
Informny.com, the state Department of Transportation website, listed two early morning traffic alerts, on the Wantagh and Ocean parkways, and traffic cameras at the site showed vehicles moving almost briskly along major parkways and the Long Island Expressway also through New York City.
The issues on the Wantagh and Ocean parkways are related to superstorm Sandy. Ocean Parkway in both directions between Jones Beach and Cedar Beach remains closed until further notice, informny.com said. On the Wantagh, one northbound lane between the Ocean Parkway and Merrick Road also remains closed until further notice, the site reported.
At TrafficLand.com, a public site with access to traffic cameras in major metropolitan areas across the country, roadways in New Jersey and Connecticut, including Interstate 95 and the Garden State Parkway, also appeared free of backups.
Also, service on the Long Island Rail Road appeared uncluttered. The commuter service is adding extra trains for the holiday weekend, beginning Wednesday afternoon with eight additional trains on Port Jefferson, Babylon, Port Washington and Far Rockaway branches.
More people are driving, fewer are flying and the average distance traveled was expected to be nearly 17 percent -- or about 120 miles -- shorter than a year ago, AAA said.
Around 43.6 million Americans were expected to journey 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday, just a 0.7 percent increase from last year, according to the Automobile Association of America's yearly Thanksgiving travel analysis.