Tips to Avoid Holiday Traffic in NYC

Tips to Avoid Holiday Traffic in NYC

With a strong economy and the lowest gas prices since 2009, holiday travel is expected to surge this upcoming holiday season, especially in New York City. Unfortunately, projections also indicate that this will likely lead to major traffic and gridlock in a number of areas throughout the Big Apple.

The New York City Department of Transportation has announced 10 gridlock alert days in Manhattan travelers should be aware of this holiday season, with warnings of delays and encouragement to use alternative means of transportation to ease congestion.

Gridlock days are as follows:

  • November 18th
  • November 23rd
  • November 30th
  • December 9th
  • December 14th-16th
  • December 21st-23rd

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), An estimated 100 million Americans traveled over the four-day Christmas holiday period in 2015, with Christmas Eve being the most traffic-heavy day for the city. Additionally, data gathered by smartphone app Waze revealed traffic accidents in the city saw a 42% increase during this time, along with an almost 30% increase in hazard reports over the two weeks before and after the holidays.

When Are the Most Crowded Times to Travel?

Last year, December 23rd was worst day of the week to travel. Drivers typically hit the roads around 11 a.m., with congestion peaking in the afternoon between 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, the end of last year’s holiday weekend, was also a traffic nightmare with collisions, congestion and police alerts.

Since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, Friday and Monday are expected to be the worst days to travel, with travelers encouraged to depart on their holiday vacations early or return a day later to avoid traffic. Consider walking, biking, or taking public transportation if possible to cut back on congestion.

For more holiday traffic tips or for assistance fighting a holiday traffic violation, contact Gannes & Musico, LLP today. With more than 20 years of proven legal experience and a track record of thousands of clients successfully defended, our New York City traffic ticket lawyers can help you contest your citation and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome.

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