It's Planes, Trains and Automobiles this Memorial Day!

2:57 PM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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For the travelers brave enough to hit the highways, airways and tracks this Memorial Day (34.9 million in 2011 according to AAA), foursquare has culled data from over 20 billion users to determine the busiest travel hubs by planes, trains and automobiles. Here goes...

Planes: 

Top 10 busiest airports

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
2. San Francisco International Airport
3. Chicago O'Hare International Airport
4. John F. Kennedy International Airport
5. McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
6. LaGuardia Airport (New York)
7. Denver International Airport
8. Boston Logan International Airport
9. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
10. Newark Liberty International Airport

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates to airports vs. the same time window during the prior week

Top 10 "airport couples" featuring cities that are most often connected by a hop, skip and a flight

1. Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport
2. LaGuardia Airport and Chicago O'Hare International Airport
3. McCarran International Airport and San Francisco International Airport
4. San Francisco International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport
5. Los Angeles International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport
6. Chicago O'Hare International Airport and San Francisco International Airport
7. San Francisco International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
8. Los Angeles International Airport and McCarran International Airport
9. LaGuardia Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
10. San Diego International Airport and San Francisco International Airport

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates of sequential airport check ins vs. the same time window during the prior week

Trains:

Top 10 busiest train stations

1. New York Penn Station
2. Grand Central Terminal
3. Union Station (Washington, D.C.)
4. Chicago Union Station
5. 30th Street Station (Philadelphia)
6. Long Island Railroad Jamaica Station
7. Newark Penn Station
8. Union Station (Los Angeles)
9. New Jersey Transit Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction Station
10. New Haven Union Station

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates to train stations vs. the same time window during the prior week 

Top 10 Busiest Train Tracks

1. MTA Subway - Manhattan Bridge (B/D/N/Q), Manhattan Bridge, New York
2. LIRR - Bayside Station, 213th St & 41st Ave, Bayside
3. MTA Subway - 59th St (N/R), 4th Ave, Brooklyn
4. Penn Station Track 19, 1-2 Penn Plaza, New York
5. Caltrain Sunnyvale Station, 121 W. Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale
6. Newburyport/Rockport Train, North Shore
7. Penn Station Track 18, 1-2 Penn Plaza, New York
8. Marta-Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University Station, 4047 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta
9. El Cerrito del Norte Bart Station, 6400 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito
10. Angels Flight Railway, 351 S. Hill St, Los Angeles

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates to train lines vs. the same time window during the prior week

Automobiles: 

Top 10 busiest bus stations as well as highways where you can expect some delays.

Bus Stations:
1. Port Authority Bus Terminal: New York, New York
2. South Station Bus Terminal: Boston, Massachusetts
3. Harbor Pointe and Shuttle Area: Anaheim, California
4. Boltbus Midtown Stop (34th Street and 8th Avenue): New York, New York
5. Megabus NYC Stop (West 31st Street): New York, New York
6. Megabus DC Stop (Union Square Parking): Washington, D.C.
7. Frankford Transportation Center: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8. International District/Chinatown Station: Seattle, Washington
9. Hollywood Studios Bus Stop: Lake Buena Vista, Florida
10. Magic Kingdom Bus Stop: Lake Buena Vista, Florida

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates to bus stations vs. the same time window during the prior week

Highways:
1. Lincoln Tunnel: New York, New York
2. Bourbon Street: New Orleans, Louisiana
3. Lombard Street: San Francisco, California
4. Rodeo Drive: Beverly Hills, California
5. Huntington Beach: Huntington Beach, California
6. Long Island Expressway: Long Island, New York
7. Holland Tunnel Toll Plaza: Jersey City, New Jersey
8. I-95 on Georgia/South Carolina State Line
9. Brooklyn/Queens Expressway: Brooklyn, New York
10. I-95 on Florida/Georgia State Line

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates to highways vs. the same time window during the prior week

And if you need to take a break from the bottleneck, this list of the top 10 rest stops on the highway may not offer a break from the crowds, but certainly a brief getaway from the gridlock.

1. Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza: Newark, New Jersey
2. Maryland House Travel Plaza: Arbedeen, Maryland
3. Molly Pitcher Service Area: Cranbury, New Jersey
4. Lake Forest Oasis: Lake Forest, Illinois
5. Cheesequake Rest Area: Sayreville, New Jersey
6. Woodrow Wilson Service Area: Hamilton, New Jersey
7. Chesapeake House Travel Plaza: North East, Maryland
8. Grover Cleveland Service Area: Woodbridge, New Jersey
9. Charlton Service Plaza (Westbound): Charlton, Massachusetts
10. Des Plaines Oasis: Des Plaines, Illinois

*Methodology: foursquare looked at the change in check in rates to rest stops vs. the same time window during the prior week

From foursquare.com

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