Holiday travel with Lon Anderson of AAA Mid-Atlantic

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010; 1:00 PM

Lon Anderson, director of public and government relations at AAA Mid-Atlantic, discusses holiday travel by plane, train and automobile.

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Lon Anderson:

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Are you against safety and law enforcement?: Mr. Anderson:I see your name in the papers often enough and you seem to be against speed cameras, red light cameras and most moves to enhance safety. Or have I missed something. I would expect a driving organization to want everyone to obey the laws. Or vote them out of the books. Am I misreading your positions?

Lon Anderson: Thanks for your interest and please drive safely!

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Rocci Fisch: AAA Mid-Atlantic

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Holiday Travel: What is an alternative route around the Newark Del. toll plaza construction during the holiday travel period?

Lon Anderson:

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Thanksgiving travel South: I am traveling South from Baltimore, through Virginia for Thanksgiving. Would I be better off leaving tonight or tomorrow? What time would you suggest?

Lon Anderson: Good luck and be safe!

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I-95 North Wed AM rush hour: Headed to N.J. -- can't decide if we should risk I-95 N around D.C. at about 8 a.m. or so -- or head over to our alt route 301 through Maryand? Takes a bit longer but at least you're moving most of the way!

Lon Anderson:

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Baltimore to Fairfax County Travel: What is the best way to get from Baltimore to Western Fairfax County Wednesday afternoon? I assume it is best to avoid 95 and the Capital Beltway if at all possible. Thanks for the help.

Lon Anderson: We are projecting about an 11% increase in travel this year over last with some 42.2 million Americans indicating they will be traveling, and more than 9 in 10 on the roads. Good luck!

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Realistic Time for Drive Baltimore to NY: I plan to leave Baltimore around 10:30 tomorrow morning. Realistically, how long will it take me to get to the NYC suburbs?

Lon Anderson:

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Hershey, Pa.: Driving from D.C. to Hershey, Pa., on Thursday a.m. -- should we expect any problems? Thanks!

Lon Anderson: Be safe

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Rocci Fisch: Thanksgiving's biggest bottleneck

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Philly to DC: Hi--How bad will the trip from Philly to D.C. be on Sunday? Is there a better or worse time to start on our way?

Lon Anderson: Good Luck, and please be safe!

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AAA's call to reduce funding for transit: AAA Mid-Atlantic has called for the Federal Transportation Fund to be used exclusively for roads--no transit funding at all. Do you therefore recommend that as many Americans as possible do their holiday travel by car?

Lon Anderson: I'm on Amtrak almost every week myself. Have a great holiday, and get there safely, by what ever means you choose. We favor transportation choices.

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DC to Fredricksburg: We have to drive to Fredricksburg to drop someone off and then head back to the city before a Thursday morning flight? Does is make more sense to try to travel during Wednesday rush hour when there will be an HOV lane or wait until late Wednesday night? Should we just skip 95 and take Route 1?

Lon Anderson:

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Rocci Fisch: Your Thanksgiving getaway questions by Dr. Gridlock

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Ocean City/Bay Bridge: We are planning to drive to Ocean City after work tomorrow. Should we expect a back up on the Bay Bridge?

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Amtrak to NY: This is my first year taking Amtrak for Thanksgiving. I'll be leaving from Union Station at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday night. What time do you think I should get there, and what can I expect in terms of crowds, delays, etc? Thanks!

Lon Anderson: Enjoy, and just think of those pat-downs you will miss at the airports.

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Wednesday 7AM flight from Dulles: Hello! We have a flight from Dulles to Charlotte Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. What time should we get to the airport? We don't plan on checking any bags. Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lon Anderson: Be safe!

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Washington, D.C.: Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for speaking with us. I'm doing my first trip to DelMarVa for the holiday, leaving on Thursday a.m. Anything I should worry about with the Bay Bridge?

Lon Anderson: Hello DC--No--Early Thursday morning should be easy over the Bridge, heavier later in the morning and afternoon. Lon Anderson and the AAA Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs staff.


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