Struggling Economy Taking a Bite Out of Thanksgiving Travel

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

It's the busiest day of the year for airports, highways and train stations in Colorado and across the country but the struggling economy is expected to take a bite out of travel.

The suitcases are packed and rolling and it's planes, trains and automobiles.

Lyron Bohman was headed home on Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year. She says the train is the best way to go.

"It's like the cheapest way for me to travel and plus it's so much easier than driving because you can sleep and eat and do whatever you want."

At the bus station, Rebecca Hamm was waiting to catch a ride.

"This is actually my first time on a Greyhound. It's just cheaper than flying it was very convenient."

Both stations were pretty empty in the calm before the storm Wednesday morning but nationwide bus and train travel is up 16 percent.

On the highways expect less traffic. AAA predicts the number of people hitting the roads is down but there could be a wildcard.

Gas prices are half of what they were in July and last minute travelers could add to the numbers.

William Budd IV was surprised at the lack of traffic at the Grand Junction Airport on Wednesday afternoon but he's used to Chicago.

"I'm kind of not in the busy time so i'm hoping it will work out pretty well."

And with passenger levels down ten percent, he's hoping for a little more leg room and most of all, a lot of turkey and quality time with family.

"I can't wait to spend time with them."

Airline officials expect less delays because of the drop in passengers.

Over the weekend 41 million people will travel 50 miles or more, down 600,000 from last year.

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