AAA projects increase in Labor Day traffic

Published 10:30pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MONTGOMERY — More people will travel during the Labor Day holiday than last year, according to a report by the American Automobile Association.

The association projected that 34.1 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday. Last year, 32.7 million Americans traveled an equal distance, according to the report.

The increase also represents a new, post-recession high.

“AAA is forecasting a lift in Labor Day travel this year due to the increasingly positive economic outlook and optimism in the housing market,” AAA Alabama spokesperson Clay Ingram said in the report.

The report also predicted that automobile traffic would increase by 4.3 percent to 29.2 million and air travel would increase by three percent to 2.61 million. The remaining percent are expected to travel by other modes, including rail, bus and watercraft.

“As schools across Alabama and the rest of the nation usher in their next session of students, the Labor Day holiday provides families with the opportunity for one final extended summer weekend getaway,” Ingram said.

The average traveler is expected to travel a round-trip distance of 594 miles and spend nearly $800.

Gas prices are an unlikely factor on Labor Day.

The report found that prices were 2.7 percent less per gallon than the same time last year.

The average distance traveled by Americans is the only expected decrease at 594 miles, which is 32 miles less than last year’s 626-mile average, according to the report.

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