Thanksgiving Weekend Traffic Expected to Double Around Malls And Airports

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INRIX Predicts Thanksgiving Weekend Traffic To Double Around Malls And Airports

KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 16, 2016, /PRNewswire/ — More than 40 million Americans took to the roads over the course of the Thanksgiving weekend last year.1 With similar gas prices and a growing economy, drivers this year can expect travel times to more than double around major cities during the holiday weekend. Today, INRIX, the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, has released its annual Thanksgiving Traffic Forecast to predict the country’s busiest malls and airports.

Black Friday Mall Forecast

Although online shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend increased 17% year-over-year in 2015,2 nearly 102 million consumers still left their homes in search of the best in-store deals.3 The INRIX Thanksgiving Traffic Forecast has identified some of the busiest shopping centers across the U.S. and their anticipated congestion levels during the holiday weekend. INRIX found that suburban shopping centers will experience the highest travel times, up to almost 90% longer than normal.

“For consumers who want to spend the least amount of time driving to the malls, your best bet is to leave before 11:00 a.m.,” said Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX. “Shoppers should avoid midday and early afternoon when travel times could be more than double their normal length.”

Shoppers headed to America’s busiest malls could see almost 90% extra travel time

Top 10 Busiest U.S. Shopping Centers

Worst Time for Traffic

Extra Time at Worst Hour

Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY

11 AM – 1 PM

89%

Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ

1 PM – 6 PM

66%

Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL

1 PM – 7 PM

66%

Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, CA

2 PM – 4 PM

59%

The Galleria, Houston, TX

3 PM – 6 PM

54%

King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA

12 PM – 6 PM

53%

Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA

8 AM – 11 AM

43%

Tysons Corner Center, Mclean, VA

4 PM – 6 PM

42%

Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

32%

Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY

8 AM – 10 AM

25%

Westfield, San Francisco, CA

8 AM – 11 AM

23%

Sawgrass Mills, Sunrise, FL

8 AM – 10 AM

18%

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Busiest U.S. Airports Predictions


For those flying out of town for the 4-day weekend, in addition to longer security lines, travelers must also account for increased driving times to the airport. Although congestion around most airports is expected to be better than last year, travelers could see delays as long as an hour more than normal.

“Historically, Thanksgiving has been the busiest weekend of the year to fly, and this year will be no different,” says Pishue. “Travelers should plan on commute times to airports to be about double longer than normal.”

– Drivers headed to major airports can expect more than a 20-minute delay

Metro Area

Airport Route

Worst Time

for Travel

Freeflow
Journey

Travel Time at
Worst Hour

Chicago

Downtown to ORD

via Kennedy Exwy W

7 AM – 10 AM

23 min

56 min

Los Angeles

Downtown to LAX

via I-110 S

7 AM – 9 AM

22 min

47 min

Charlotte

Downtown to CLT

via US-74 W

12 PM – 2 PM

17 min

46 min

Seattle

Downtown to SEA

via I-5 S

8 AM – 11 AM

19 min

35 min

New York

Downtown to JFK

via Long Island Exwy E

1 PM – 3 PM

24 min

32 min

Dallas

Downtown to DFW

via TX-183 W

3 PM – 6 PM

19 min

32 min

Denver

Downtown to DIA

via I-70 E and Pena Blvd

5 PM – 7 PM

25 min

30 min

Miami

Downtown to MIA

via Dolphin Exwy W

4 PM – 6 PM

8 min

26 min

Houston

Downtown to HIA

via US-59 N

3 PM – 6 PM

18 min

23 min

San Francisco

Downtown to SFO

via US-101 S

3 PM – 6 PM

13 min

19 min

Phoenix

Downtown to PHX

via I-10 E

3 PM – 6 PM

11 min

18 min

Las Vegas

Downtown to LAS

via I-15 S

1 PM – 6 PM

10 min

15 min

Atlanta

Downtown to ALT

via I-75 S

10 AM – 12 PM

10 min

12 min

Airport Parking Rates


The cost of parking at or near airports presents its own levels of frustration. Travelers should consider comparing the costs of onsite and offsite parking options. For example, parking offsite at Seattle, New York, San Francisco, and Miami airports could cost 75% less than at terminal lots.

INRIX Parking looked at prices at or near the busiest airports for the holiday. The below is based on the cost of parking for five days:

– Airport off-site parking could save travelers as much as 75% compared to onsite parking

Airport

Onsite Minimum Spend

Offsite Minimum Spend

Chicago O’Hare Int’l

$50

$35

Los Angeles Int’l

$60

$30

Charlotte/Douglas Int’l

$25

$20

Seattle-Tacoma Int’l

$140

$63

New York JFK Int’l

$165

$75

Dallas/Ft. Worth Int’l

$45

$30

Denver Int’l

$65

$23

Miami Int’l

$85

$19

Houston George Bush Int’l

$28

$35

San Francisco Int’l

$125

$50

Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l

$35

$40

Las Vegas McCarran Int’l

$80

$35

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Int’l

$45

$43

For drivers that want the latest travel information during the Thanksgiving weekend, the INRIX Traffic app (Android and iOS) proactively monitors road conditions to alert drivers of ideal departure times, changes to arrival times, and optimal routes. It also offers drivers real-time parking location and reservation capabilities.

Traffic Forecast Methodology
INRIX analyzed the Thanksgiving holiday periods from 2010 to 2015, traffic trends from major national holiday weekends in 2015, and current traffic trends to predict what drivers might expect over the upcoming holiday weekend. In measuring the shifts in traffic congestion over this period, INRIX uses a common measure for congestion called the Travel Time Index referred to in our research as a percentage representing the number of delay drivers can expect on these days due to traffic.

About INRIX
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.

1 https://newsroom.aaa.com/2015/11/drivers-to-pay-lowest-thanksgiving-gas-prices-since-2008/
2 https://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2015/12/cyber-monday-2015-largest-online-sales-day-ever.html
3 https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/thanksgiving-weekend-shopping-brings-big-store-and-online-crowds-according-nrf

SOURCE INRIX

CONTACT: INRIX Americas, Mark Burfeind, 425-284-3825, [email protected]

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