Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Record travel predicted for SoCal residents over Memorial Day weekend

Record travel predicted for SoCal residents over Memorial Day weekend

Most people will travel by vehicle, but many are traveling by bus, train and airplane.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey is prepared to accommodate the almost six million people who will travel by air, vehicle or rail during the Memorial Day weekend.

Triple A expects more than 39 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles as the unofficial start of summer happens Memorial Day weekend.

KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 will continue our Memorial Day coverage through the weekend as we hear from drivers who aren't letting traffic, or record-high gas prices ruin their Memorial Day fun.

It's the sixth consecutive year that the number of Memorial Day travelers has grown compared to the previous year, the Auto club said in a statement, adding that this year will see the largest number since the all-time record of 3.2 million in the Southland and 5.18 million statewide, which was set in 2005.

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Another 300,000 Southland residents are expected to go by plane, which is a 6.2 percent increase over the 2016 holiday's 282,000 air travelers.

Memorial Day weekend is typically the 4th busiest travel day of the year behind Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Fourth of July. LAX officials forecast that a record 25.6 million passengers will use LAX over the summer, up 2.7 percent from last summer's record 24.9 million travelers.

With a weekend billed to be the most traveled Memorial Day in over a decade, travelers are packing their patience.

From Friday through next Tuesday, the agency expects more than 1.8 million passengers to use its aviation facilities, a 1.4 percent increase over a year ago. San Diego is the number two destination for regional travelers, behind Las Vegas and ahead of the Grand Canyon.

Last year's busy Memorial Day travel weekend carried over into the rest of the summer.

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