AAA: More drivers expected for holiday weekend


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Get ready for a lot of traffic this holiday weekend.

AAA is reporting 1.77 million people from New England will be traveling at least 50 miles for Labor Day weekend, which is up 1.6% from last year and the highest amount in six years.

There is some good news though. Labor Day prices at the pumps are the lowest since 2010.

According to AAA Public Affairs Manager Aaron Kupec, “Popular Labor Day destinations among Connecticut residents include Maine, Cape Cod, the Rhode Island shore and Niagara Falls. While economic growth is slow, consumers are feeling more comfortable taking on debt and using their credit cards to take one last summer vacation this year.”

The roads aren’t the only thing that will be busy. Regional holiday air travel is projected to increase 1.9 percent to 127,000 travelers this year.

New England travel forecast numbers are in line with projections for the nation as a whole. AAA projects 34.7 million Americans will travel for Labor Day, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013. Nationally, auto travel is expected to climb 1.4 percent, while air travel is expected to increase 1 percent.

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