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Traffic such as this mass of vehicles going through Sacramento is expected to increase with a surge in travel predicted for the Labor day weekend.

AAA predicts 6 percent surge in Labor Day weekend travel

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 - 11:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 4:40 pm

AAA today predicted that nearly 4 million Californians will travel over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, a 6 percent increase over last year.

AAA said more than 3.9 million will travel 50 miles or more over the three-day holiday weekend.

“This resurgence of travel is partly due to improved consumer confidence, which is at a much higher level than 2012,” said AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris. “Although there are lingering budgetary concerns, Californians will not let this last opportunity to celebrate summer go back without a quick holiday getaway.”

AAA projected that more than more than 3.1 million Californians will be driving to their destinations, and more than 500,000 plan to travel by air. Approximately 300,000 state residents are expected to travel by other modes of transportation, including rail, bus and watercraft.

Nationally, AAA predicts that about 34 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the Labor Day weekend, a 4.2 percent increase over 2012.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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