CHICAGO (CBS) – Many are preparing to begin the Thanksgiving trip on Wednesday morning.
It’s not like last year, people are on the move and that means busy roads, trains and airports.
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CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe has the travel tips you need to know before you go.
According to AAA, more than 53 million people will be traveling for Thanksgiving this year. Just over 48 million of them plan to drive, which means the roads will be busy.
Experts say the best time to start driving on Wednesday is after 9 p.m. The worst hours are noon to 8 p.m.
If you’re driving for Thanksgiving, try to get on the road before 11 a.m. There will be significant delays from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday.
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As for the worst corridor to go in Chicago this year, it is the Ike from Morgan Street to Wolf Road. AAA indicates that traffic will increase by 390%.
Gas prices are also on the rise and are at their highest level in seven years.
The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $ 3.40. The average price of gasoline in Chicago is around $ 3.89 per gallon.
Experts say CBS 2 gas prices are on the rise due to increased demand.
Airports are bracing for the holiday rush.
This holiday week (21/11 to 28/11), the airport transit system (ATS) will extend the hours from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.
On 29/11, the service will return every day from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The shuttles continue to provide a 24/7 service. https://t.co/pjsbtDgZLI pic.twitter.com/63VLvrDwd1
– O’Hare Intl. Airport (@ fly2ohare) 22 November 2021
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O’Hare Airport has extended the hours of operation of the airport’s transit system as well as the shuttle service.