Millions to travel this Thanksgiving, heavy traffic expected

Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 17:20:12-05

BALTIMORE — During peak travel times, BWI airport expects 40,000 travelers a day. That means we need to be prepared for any travel we do this week and when we are driving, the state highway administration reminds us to be safe if your coming to the airport or anywhere else.

"Don't drive aggressively, do not tailgate, don't drink and drive, do not use hand held devises, pay attention to what you are doing."

This time next year you will need a real ID to board a plane. Many have off Thursday and Friday this week so they encourage people to make an appointment or just go into a MVA office Friday, it should be less crowed because of the holiday.

"Even if you fly only once a year, it's easier to take care of that requirement now and have the confidence that when you fly next year that you will be prepared."

If you are coming to the airport they ask us to consider taking the light rail or bus to the airport to reduce the hassles of driving and parking at the air port. If you do drive to the airport, take advantage of the one hour free parking at the parking garage connected to the terminal from now until December 6 and then again from December 20 until January 3.

There are many ways to get around this vacation week and the state highway administration has a suggestion for us, avoid the bay bridge if you can in any way.

Because of the ongoing bridge work, the Bay Bridge will have excessive backups during peak times. They suggest if you are going eastbound Tuesday through Friday to cross the bridge before 9am or after 9pm to avoid long backups.

If you use trains, planes or automobiles to get where you need to this week, they urge everyone to leave plenty of time so not to rush through your travels.

"Your safety and the safety of others is in your hands. Use that responsibility wisely."