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Travelers should expect longer lines and congested roads when they head out

Travelers at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)
Travelers at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Thanksgiving travel rush is on, as tens of thousands of people are flying out of the Portland International Airport.

Travelers should expect longer lines and congested roads when they head out.

On Tuesday, about 52,000 people flew out from PDX, and another 60,000+ are expected on Wednesday. Once travelers are at the airport, they’re kind of in the homestretch.

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The passenger drop-off location at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)
The passenger drop-off location at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)

Sometimes the trouble with traveling for the holidays is deciding how to get to the airport.

Quite a few people use the MAX Red Line, and it costs about $2.50 for a ride that drops passengers off a few feet from the front doors of PDX.

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Still, some families told KOIN 6 News they don’t have that option, not with kids and all their bags in tow.

Parking isn’t necessarily a guarantee at the airport. Earlier on Tuesday afternoon the economy parking was nearly full.

When the economy lot is full, there are other options for parking at PDX.

The passenger drop-off location at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)
The passenger drop-off location at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)

“[We do have] a lot of creative parking out there. There’s a gravel overflow lot that they’re able to open throughout the holidays. And they have staff out there helping get cars parked safely and in spots,” said Kama Simonds, PDX spokesperson.

The economy lot usually fills up first, and there’s a large jump in pricing from that to long-term parking. For a 5-day stay, it’s at least $50.

Rideshare companies have become the best option for some.

Travelers depart a MAX Red Line train at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)
Travelers depart a MAX Red Line train at PDX, November 22, 2016 (KOIN)