Turkey for me, Turkey for you, it’s Turkey Time! It’s also time to plan ahead for the Thanksgiving commute; we’ll be departing from our Midtown Manhattan coworking space. Wherever you may be departing from, we compiled a list of traffic tips that will help you plan ahead. Tips are courtesy of data experts at Google and that handy Waze app they acquired back in 2013.
The Thanksgiving Drive…take the week off
The best travel time is Sunday at 6am, after which traffic congestion gets progressively worse.
The worst times for driving are Tuesday and Wednesday late afternoon, with traffic peaking Wednesday around 3pm. Surprisingly, traffic lightens on Wednesday after 6pm – so take the night owl route.
In New York City, traffic is the worst on the actual day of Thanksgiving, between 2 – 3pm. For anyone attending or avoiding the Macy’s Day Parade, here’s what to expect.
Best time for the return trip is Sunday; the worst time for the return trip is Saturday around 4pm.
So, based on these traffic patterns, the best option is to take off for the whole week! 😉
The Thanksgiving Flight…
No surprise here, the worst time to fly is Wednesday morning and the worst day for return flights is Sunday. Data shows that Sunday’s flights are frequently plagued by delays and cancellations.
Thanksgiving Day and Monday morning are the recommended flight days – and these days also have the cheapest airfare.
Trains, Planes, Automobiles…
Back in May, Waze and the Port Authority announced a data sharing partnership. This means that real-time airport, bus terminal, bridge, and tunnel delays are reported on both the Waze app and the Port Authority app. Smartphones just got smarter.
For the 01%…
Private planes and helicopters are always an option too. Traffic problem solved.
If you want more tips, come visit us at our midtown Manhattan coworking space in 1412 Broadway or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Now that travel plans are all set, we’re ready for the holiday spirit and that delicious Thanksgiving meal.