WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Travelers To Hit The Road For Labor Day

Play associated audio
Despite higher gas prices, more travelers are expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/3350941268/
Despite higher gas prices, more travelers are expected to hit the road this Labor Day weekend.

Gas prices may have spiked 40 cents or more in the past two months, but that's not putting the breaks on travel plans for many vacationers from the Washington, D.C. area.

AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates that around 694,000 people will travel by car for the long Labor Day weekend. That's a 3.5 percent increase in the number of Washingtonian area residents that traveled out of town last year.

"I think that's an important economic indicator that folks in the Washington Metropolitan area really have put the Great Recession behind them," says Lon Anderson with AAA. "While we may regret being stuck in traffic on Labor Day, let's remember what it means."

The majority of people in the Metro area, 87 percent, are driving, but also expect big crowds at Reagan National, BWI and Dulles Airport — about 63,000, according to AAA. Approximately 43,000 will tarvel using buses, trains or cruise ships, according to the predictions. 

NPR

MTV's Rewinding The '90s With A New Channel

The '90s are back! Pokémon has taken over the world again. A Clinton is running for president. And now, MTV is reviving '90s favorites like Beavis and Butt-head on a new channel, MTV Classic.
NPR

Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour – LIVE from Slim's Diner!

This special edition of the Politics Hour is coming to you live from Slim's Diner from Petworth in Northwest D.C.

NPR

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.