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Holiday travel out of Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

While many of you are finishing up your shopping, even more of you are hitting the roads, air and railways for Christmas.  According to AAA an estimated 92 million people across the country are expected to travel during this Christmas and New Year's season.

While the majority of people went out of town this holiday season by car, Kimberly Murray and her fiance Adrian Martinez flew out to New Mexico. Until last week, Martinez was deployed in Afghanistan. "It's our first holiday together as an engaged couple, so it's pretty exciting," said Murray. "I'm enjoying the holidays because I haven't seen my family in over a year," said Martinez.

While 5.4 million people are expected to fly this holiday season, officials from AAA  said 86 million people are driving to their destinations. Driving may be the most inexpensive way to make it home because gas prices are fairly affordable. The national cost of unleaded gas is $3.21, compared to three bucks locally. "You can buy gas in Jackson down on Highway 80 at Gallatin and down on the Byram-Siwell exit for about $2.85," said Page Goodrich from AAA.

The other way to save some traveling cash this holiday season is by taking the train. On Friday morning, lots of passengers were looking forward to taking the Amtrak to New Orleans. Marie Buckley is going roundtrip for $51. "I travel Amtrak because it's very comfortable and prices are very reasonable and its hot and cold food on the train and I ride it all the time," said Buckley.

Things however, weren't so smooth for passengers taking Greyhound out of Jackson. The bus headed for Atlanta was delayed several hours. "They can't locate a driver right now to drive our bus they said the driver was sleep, turned around and said we can't find one," said Greyhound passenger Tamasha Brown.

While delays may cause some to get home a bit later than expected, Martinez and his fiance said they're just happy to be together. "I spent three Christmas' in the Middle East, so finally being home and spending it with my fiance and family makes it real special," said Martinez.

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