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AAA: Close to 900K DC-Area Residents Will Travel This Weekend

by Karen Goff — August 29, 2014 at 11:00 am 0

Dulles Toll Road Main Plaza/Credit: MWAAIt’s Labor Day weekend, which means many Restonians are on the move.

Fourteen percent of the D.C. area’s population will be going out of town for Labor Day this weekend, says AAA Mid-Atlantic.

That’s 842,100 local residents on the local roads, rails and airways. Nine out of 10 of those traveling — 735,000 residents — will doing so by automobile, says AAA.

That number is up 0.8 percent from 2013. The lowest Labor Day weekend gas prices in four years are helping to drive the increase, an AAA spokesman said.

“It remains the preferred and cheapest mode of transportation for a couple traveling with children trying to squeeze in a memorable family getaway before the school year goes into high gear,” John B. Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Manager of Public and Government Affairs said in a press release.

Air travel this weekend is expected to dip slightly, down 0.3 percent to 64,200 residents who will be flying out of the D.C. area. Other forms of transportation, like rail, are predicted to dip 0.5 percent to 43,100 travelers.

Are you hitting the road or staying put this weekend?

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