WASHINGTON (TVR) – Travelers over the Memorial Day weekend could find their trips taking up to three times longer than normal, a new congestion analysis predicts.
AAA forecasts nearly 42 million people will travel for Memorial Day weekend, almost 5% more than last year and “the most in more than a dozen years.”
The anticipated surge in travel comes despite gas prices reaching a four-year high.
A little more than 36 million people plan to travel by road, with those drivers finding the “greatest amount of congestion” on Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, according to INRIX, a transportation analytics firm.
The late afternoon time period will be the worst, the company warns.
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Memorial Day Weekend Congestion
Memorial Day weekend congestion will be worst in some of America’s largest metropolitan areas.
“Ranked the most congested country in world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” Graham Cookson, the Head of Research at INRIX, said in a release.
“Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes,” Cookson said.
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Most Congested Times, Days
Here are the worst times to travel for Memorial Day weekend 2018, according to INRIX:
|Worst Days/Times to Travel|
|Metro Area||Worst Day for Travel||Worst Time for Travel||Delay Multiplier of Normal Trip|
|Atlanta, GA||Thursday, May 24||3:30 – 5:30 PM||1.6x|
|Houston, TX||Thursday, May 24||4:30 – 6:00 PM||1.5x|
|Boston, MA||Thursday, May 24||4:30 – 6:30 PM||1.8x|
|Washington, DC||Thursday, May 24||4:30 – 7:00 PM||2.3x|
|San Francisco, CA||Friday, May 25||3:00 – 5:30 PM||1.7x|
|Los Angeles, CA||Friday, May 25||3:30 – 5:30 PM||1.9x|
|New York, NY||Friday, May 25||3:30 – 6:30 PM||2.7x|
|Detroit, MI||Friday, May 25||4:00 – 5:30 PM||1.5x|
|Chicago, IL||Friday, May 25||4:00 – 6:00 PM||2.1x|
|Seattle, WA||Friday, May 25||4:00 – 6:00 PM||1.8x|
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