Travel over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest on record with more than 3.2 million Southern Californians forecast to leave home — a 5.3 percent over last year.
According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, the last record was set in 2005 when 3.2 million Southern Californians traveled over the holiday weekend.
The coming holiday will mark the seventh consecutive year that travel has grown, says the Auto Club.
Similar records will likely be broken for statewide travel, with nearly 5.2 million Californians projected to take trips.
Rising gas prices do not seem to be dissuading locals from making plans to drive long distances for their holiday trips.
Expect the highways to be especially congested, considering the 2.68 million Southern Californians who will be traveling by car, also a more than 5 percent increase over last year’s numbers. Statewide, more than 4.3 million people will be hitting the roads for their getaways, estimates the Auto Club, which defines a holiday trip as one that is at least 50 miles away from home between Thursday, May 24 to Monday, May 28.
“Gas prices are about 24 percent higher in Southern California than they were at this time last year with an average price near $3.75 a gallon, but consumer confidence combined with a strong labor market and projected
Article source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/tourism/sd-fi-memorial-day-travel-20180515-story.html
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