Memorial Day Weekend Travel: Record Numbers of New York Area Travelers Expected on Roads and in the Sky

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — As Memorial Day weekend approaches, congestion can be expected on highways and at local airports.

The Port Authority expects more than 4 million people on its bridges and tunnels during this travel period, and more than 2 million people at its airports.

If you are going to Newark and plan to take New Jersey Transit, you may want to reconsider on Thursday due to some delay issues.

There were still not too many people in Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, but more than you would see on a typical Thursday morning.

The lines at security said 10 minutes, but the line snaked three or four times.

So, you’ll want to keep this in mind if you’re heading here today.

But according to the Port Authority, 6.4 million people will pass through airports, bridges and tunnels.

That represents flying and driving in and out of the New York area during the six-day travel peak, which is Thursday through Tuesday.

4.2 million will drive, which is actually consistent with last year, but it will be around 2.2 million who will fly, which is a 2% increase from the record we broke this time last year .

The Port Authority held a press conference Wednesday ahead of this weekend.

“We have paused all non-emergency construction at all of our Hudson River crossings. We will provide enhanced staffing at all of our facilities, from route stations to crossings to airports,” said Rick Cotton, Port Authority CEO .

If you’re driving, the worst time for congestion, what to expect is Thursday between noon and 6 p.m., people get off work early and try to hit the road.

But there will also be traffic on Friday, also between noon and 7 pm, you will see the most cars on the road, but that is to be expected.

However, if traveling by air, the Port Authority encourages people to take public transportation if they have the option to do so, reserve parking in advance and arrive a little earlier than usual for a typical weekend trip.


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