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Holiday travel begins in South Jersey

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Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year as people begin to prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NBC 40 spoke with officials from the South Jersey Transportation Authority about what travelers can expect on Wednesday and through the holiday weekend.

Kaci Youschak, who was boarding a plane for Florida, told NBC 40, "It's really busy, a lot of air traffic, and a lot of people trying to get home for the holidays for tomorrow.   It's just very hectic."

It's no surprise to New Jersey residents that the Thanksgiving holiday brings an increase in traffic on the road and also in the air.

According to the South Jersey Transportation Authority, this time last year, Atlantic City International Airport booked over 15,000 passengers in and out of South Jersey over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Lauren Silvey said, "It can be very stressful."

Some south jersey travelers say they have concerns about traveling through the region because of potential Hurricane Sandy damage.

S.J.T.A. officials say despite minor traffic increases, all roadways are expected to be cleared.

Sam Donelson, the Acting Executive Director of the S.J.T.A., said, "Traffic will be up just like it was last year.   If last year is any indication – we will see well over 500,000 vehicles traveling on the expressway – to and from Atlantic City and the shore areas."  He added, "We fully expect that again this year.   In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the roadways are 100% in great shape.   All lanes are open."

Kevin Rehmann, the spokesman for ACY, told NBC 40, "We are very fortunate that we did not suffer from major damage like some of our neighbors to the north. Our hearts certainly go out to them and we have a lot of sympathy for the devastated areas.  However we want to encourage people and let them know that Atlantic City Airport is open for business."

Despite the encouragement from New Jersey transportation officials, some travelers still have concerns about getting to their holiday destinations.

"You know, you only have a couple days to get there and it's better to extend your vacation or it might get a little crazy," explained one traveler.

Jason D'entremont told us, "You know, we've had a little bit of the hiccups today.   I've sent five out of six of my family members ahead of me because they had a mess up with maintenance on a plane so I sent them ahead of me.  So I'm sticking here around here for a few more hours until the next flight."

Although this time of year can be nerve racking for some, Jason had some advice to other travelers, "Keep the glass half full, there's too many stressful people out there."

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