Labor Day Travel Expected To Increase 9.6% In New Jersey

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HAMILTON – More than 1 million New Jersey residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home for the Labor Day holiday weekend 2010; a increase of 9.6% compared to the 944,300 who traveled in 2009, AAA Mid-Atlantic projects. The 2010 Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, September 2 to Monday, September 6.

“While recent media reports on the state of the U.S. economy are mixed, many Americans are still interested in taking one more trip as the summer travel season comes to an end.” Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic said. “The projected increase in Labor Day travel remains consistent with the projected increases of Memorial Day, and 4th of July travel for 2010.”

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For Labor Day 2010:

  • About 930,000 million New Jersey residents are projected to travel by automobile, a 10.1% increase from 2009. Approximately 89.9% of New Jersey travelers will drive.
  • AAA’s survey found that 57,700 are projected to travel by airplane, a 4.2% increase from 2009. Approximately 5.6% of New Jersey travelers will fly.
  • About 46,900 will travel by train, bus, watercraft or other mode, which is a 6.6 % increase compared to 2009. Approximately 4.5% of New Jersey travelers will use other modes of transportation.

“Besides economic data, the date of the Labor Day holiday is another variable considered in the forecast. The earlier the holiday falls in September, the more travel tends to occur. Had the holiday fallen earlier in the month the forecasted number of travelers would likely be even higher,” Noble said. “Nevertheless, expect the roadways throughout the Garden State to be congested.”

Nationally, AAA projects the number of Americans traveling for the Labor Day 2009 holiday weekend will increase 9.9 percent from 2009, with approximately 34.4 million travelers taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home. Last year, 31.3 million Americans traveled during the Labor Day holiday.


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