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Memorial Day Travelers Expected In Greater Numbers

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For the second year in a row, travel watchdogs say many of your neighbors will be traveling in slightly greater numbers during the Memorial Day holiday. In fact AAA Mid-Atlantic's Lon Anderson says, 886,000 area residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more, an increase of nearly 12,000 travelers over the previous year.

This might sound a bit odd considering last year's travelers had the advantage of lower gas prices and car rental rates. This time around, Anderson says instead of canceling plans, most folks in the region say they intend to compensate for higher fuel costs by cutting other items in their travel budget.

But 2011's high gas prices are trending down, says AAA Mid-Atlantic's John Townsend. He says that's especially true in Maryland, where some residents can expect to pay 7 cents less for gas then just two weeks ago. Townsend says that trend is helping fuel the projected increase of travel in the region.

Of course with the expected increase in the number of cars on the road and especially over the Bay Bridge, authorities recommend you cross the bridge off peak, on Thursday before 2 p.m., Friday after 10 p.m., and plan to return Monday after 10 p.m. In short, leave early and stay late.

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