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AAA: Holiday travel to increase by more than 1 percent this year

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According to AAA, 1 in every 4 Americans is expected to take a road trip this holiday season.

More than 84 million people are expected to hit the roads between Dec. 22 to Jan. 1, which is an increase of 1.6 percent from 2011.

"As usual, auto travel remains the dominant mode of transportation for this holiday," said Fran Mayko of AAA.

According to the Fuelgaugereport. com, the national average for gas is $3.25 with the average price of gas costing $3.66 in Connecticut.

"Even though average gas prices are consider high for this time of year, AAA doesn't expect them to have a major impact on holiday travel," Mayko said.

On Monday, Bradley International Airport is operating on its normal schedule and is reporting no delays as of 8:30 a.m., according to its Twitter account. There also are no delays with security.

About 5.6 million people are expected to take a plane this year, according to AAA. It is an increase of 4.5 percent from last year.

Metro North is using a Saturday schedule on Monday with additional inbound AM service and outbound PM service, according to its website. There will be no Shoppers' Specials operating on Christmas Eve.

"There is a special holiday schedule, with hourly service on the main lines, and regular weekend service on the branch lines," Metro North's website said about its schedule for Christmas.

AAA reports that 4 percent of travelers will take another method of travel besides a car or airplane.

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