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Memorial Day travel will be more expensive this year


Albany

Highways will be busier, gasoline and hotels will be more expensive, and more people will fly, take the train or ride the bus this Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA projections.

AAA is predicting 39.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more,the highest figure since 2005.

Airline travel will increase 5.5 percent to 2.9 million, while travel by train, bus or cruise line will be up 2.9 percent to 1.75 million. The rest — 34.6 million — will drive.

The Transportation Security Administration says peak travel periods will come later in the summer, in June and July.  But it says it will monitor checkpoint operations and send additional officers and canine teams where needed.

Memorial Day itself appears likely to be the single busiest day of the long weekend as travelers return to work on Tuesday.

At least five southbound Amtrak trains from Albany to New York City were sold out that day, according to the railroad’s website.

“Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of our busy summer travel season (Memorial Day — Labor Day),” Amtrak spokesman Mike Tolbert said. “We encourage customers to book early and take advantage of our everyday discounts including half-price tickets for children 2 through 12 years old along with students and seniors who can save 15 percent on most trains.”

The airport also expects to be busy.

“Albany airlines are expecting to be operating close to capacity this weekend,” said Doug Myers, spokesman for Albany International Airport. “We are urging travelers to arrive at their ticket counters at least 90 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of their flight.

“Travelers are urged to be aware of the TSA Prohibited Items List and to pack accordingly,” Myers added.

Typically the New York State Thruway and the state Department of Transportation suspend highway construction projects during the holiday period. But neither responded by deadline on whether they plan to do so this weekend.

Motorists will pay $2.42 for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Capital Region, up nearly a dime from a year ago, according to both AAA and GasBuddy.com.

Article source: http://www.timesunion.com/allwcm/article/Memorial-Day-travel-will-be-more-expensive-this-11171042.php

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