More Americans expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend

More than 38 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, marking the highest travel level since 2005, according to an AAA estimate released Thursday.TRAFFIC PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE

Memorial Day travel is expected to grow by about 1.9 percent from 2014’s level, when 37.3 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from their homes for the holiday, the auto club said.

In Florida, roughly 2 million people are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend.

“Millions of Americans are eager to kick-off the unofficial start of the summer travel season by taking a Memorial Day getaway,” said Joe Richardson, President and CEO, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We are forecasting an increase in holiday travelers for the second consecutive year, and the most in 11 years, largely due to low gas prices, a growing labor market and rising personal incomes. If these factors continue, the travel industry should enjoy a booming summer season.”

 

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