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AAA: Californians to travel in record numbers Memorial Day weekend

AAA is projecting the number of California travelers over Memorial Day weekend to be the highest since 2005.

Nearly 4.4 million Californians plan to travel 50 miles or more over the upcoming three-day weekend, according to AAA’s travel survey. That’s up 4.6 percent from last year’s record high.

“A stronger economy and overall lower gas prices have boosted consumers’ disposable income,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman. “This summer travel season is starting off with great potential as many Californians are eager to take that long-overdue weekend getaway.”

AAA projects that 3.7 million Californians will drive to their destinations, 419,000 will fly and 300,000 will travel by rail, bus and boat.

Nationally, AAA projects that 37 million people will journey 50 miles or more during Memorial Day weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year.