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AAA: 31.2M To Hit The Roads Memorial Day Weekend

2.3M Travelers Will Fly, Down 8 Percent From Last Year
FILE -- Traffic in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

FILE — Traffic in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – It’s going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation’s highways.

From Thursday through Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground or other getaway, according to AAA. That’s a small increase from last year but still well short of the record 37.3 million people who drove during the holiday in 2005.

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AAA estimates 2.3 million travelers will fly, down 8 percent from last year. Another 1.3 million travelers are estimated by AAA to take buses, trains, ferries and other forms of travel, down 12 percent from last Memorial Day.

“American travelers are experiencing fee fatigue and frustration with everything from higher fares to airport security. As a result, many are choosing road travel,” Robert L. Darbelnet, CEO of AAA, said in a statement.

Gas will cost slightly more this year. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has risen 7 cents in the past week to $3.66 and could increase over the weekend. Gas in New York City averages $3.84, up two cents from last week.

Gas averaged $3.64 last Memorial Day. Still, the price isn’t expected to reach the 2011 Memorial Day average of $3.79.

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