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Traveling for Thanksgiving? Skip traffic, take the train

Posted November 25, 2019 5:44 a.m. EST
Updated November 25, 2019 5:58 a.m. EST

— Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Depending on your destination, you can skip congested highways and airports and take the train instead.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, more people are turning to trains to get them around during the holidays. Last year, 16,000 people used trains for holiday travel across the state.

The lines go to all the way to New York and Florida, but even if you’re just traveling in-state to Cary, Durham or Greensboro, you can take the train for a short trip from city-to-city and avoid holiday traffic, experts say.

"Last year, we introduced additional trains to the route, and we saw almost a 30 percent increase in use of the trains between Raleigh and Charlotte, so it’s definitely increasing in ridership," said Jason Orthner with the NCDOT Rail Division.

The seats on the trains are roomy, and WiFi is offered on board.

"It’s a great option for those who just want to enjoy the the season and not be stressed about being behind the wheel," Orthner said. "Instead of using that time to stare at the windshield and be worried about traffic, you can enjoy the time with family, watch a movie or do something for work."

Traveling with family members? A train fare special available now provides group discounts on train tickets. Find more details on the Amtrak website.

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