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HANOVER, MD (November 19, 2021) –  With Marylanders expected to take to roadways, airways, and transitways...

HANOVER, MD (November 19, 2021) –  With Marylanders expected to take to roadways, airways, and transitways this Thanksgiving in some of the largest numbers since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is urging everyone to practice safety and courtesy as they journey via Maryland’s highways, airports, and transit services. Throughout the holiday season, MDOT is taking steps to safely deliver people as well as packages – supporting the nation’s supply chain and helping goods flow to stores and homes through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. 

“After a holiday season last year that included safety and travel restrictions, we’re looking forward to being together again with family and friends to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season,” said MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “Our MDOT family hopes everyone will keep in mind simple travel rules – like using seat belts and watching your speed when you drive, and being careful and attentive whether you’re traveling by car, bus, train, or airplane. Following these practices will help us all get to our holiday destinations safely.” 

AAA is predicting this year’s Thanksgiving holiday will see 53.4 million people traveling nationwide. That’s a 13% increase from 2020, with volumes approaching 95% of 2019 pre-pandemic levels. The biggest jump is anticipated in air travel, expected to increase 80% in the AAA forecast compared to last year.