Commuter Headache:Holiday travel is the highest it’s been since 2005

WEST MONROE, La. – AAA projected that traveling by plane will see the most growth in 2018 with over four million travelers. In the ArkLaMiss those hitting the road shared that all the congestion brings out a traveling nightmare to their commute,

Whether you’re traveling by a bus, a train, a plane or even just driving in your car; holiday travel can be a hassle.

“People are just driving bumper to bumper, they’re impatient and they just don’t know how to drive,” said local resident, Victoria Guidry. 

According to AAA over 54 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday; making it an almost 5% increase from 2017 with 2.5 million more people traveling. 

In the ArkLaMiss, commuters believe traffic is a nightmare.

“It’s stop and go you just kind of have to be patient and for a lot of people that’s hard,” said Marsha Hammons, a local resident.

Jamison Maahs, whose traveling cross country, agrees. “Especially heading  back to Florida on I-75 it can be a disaster. So not really looking forward to it, but it’s a necessary evil nonetheless,” he said.

However, everyone has their own methods to stay entertained. 

AAA assists 360,000 people a year during the holiday season. They warn motorists to plan alternative routes but also get your vehicles checked before hitting the road.

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Greyhound opened its new terminal in Monroe last week. Buses, trains and ships are expected to increase a little over 1% this travel holiday.


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