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Americans head out on busiest travel day of year

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Thanksgiving is Thursday, and plenty of people in Connecticut are hitting the roads.

AAA is estimating nationwide holiday travel is up slightly from last year.

Traffic along the state's roads and interstates is expected to build throughout the day as people head to their Thanksgiving locations.

AAA said this year, auto travel is the transportation of choice for people in New England.

According to its survey, travelers said it's more affordable and flexible than air travel.

A big reason people are staying closer to home this year is because of gas prices.

Drivers can expect to pay $3.97 for a gallon of gas in Bridgeport. In Hartford, the average price is slightly lower at $3.79, and in New London it's at $3.81.

Metro North officials have added extra getaway trains from Grand Central station to help ease the expected increased amount of travelers on Wednesday.

As of 11:30 a.m., Metro North was running as scheduled and service was good, according to officials.

Travelers are asked to follow the Metro North website for updates on travel conditions.

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