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AAA News Release: 6/26/2015

AAA MID-ATLANTIC PROJECTS OVER 870,000 MARYLANDERS TO GET AWAY FOR THE INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

AAA MID-ATLANTIC PROJECTS OVER 870,000 MARYLANDERS TO GET AWAY FOR THE INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

Busy Holiday Will Be Marked By More Maryland Travelers Than Ever On Record

 

TOWSON, MD (June 26, 2015) – AAA Mid-Atlantic projects over 870,000 Marylanders will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, a 2.3 percent increase compared to the number of residents who traveled last year.  This year’s forecast represents the highest travel volume by Marylanders for the holiday period on record (AAA data dates back to 2001).

The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday,

July 5, the same number of days as the 2014 holiday.

“It appears more Marylanders are joining Americans across the country in getting away for the Fourth of July holiday this year thanks to lower gas prices and a strong employment market,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic.  “However, it appears the growth in overall travel by Marylanders, even across all modes of transportation, is much stronger than on a national basis.  This may be an indication that perhaps Marylanders are feeling more confident and economically secure compared to other Americans.”

Nationwide, nearly 42 million Americans are expected to travel for the holiday, representing a 0.7 percent increase over last year.  All modes of travel nationwide are expected to increase nominally: automobile travel by 0.7 percent, air travel by 1.5 percent, and other modes, including cruises, trains and buses, by 0.5 percent. 

 

2015 Projected Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Travel – Maryland

Travel By Mode

Estimated # of Maryland Travelers

% Increase/ Decrease

Total

870,800

+2.3%

Auto

754,000

(87% of travelers)

+2.3%

Air

64,700

(7% of travelers)

+1.9%

Other Modes (bus, train, watercraft)

52,100

(6% of travelers)

+1.9%

 

Record Volume Expected for Automobile Travel

A record number of Marylanders are projected to travel by automobile, as 754,000 State residents intend to drive to their destination.  While gas prices have been rising since mid-April, Maryland’s average price of $2.76 per gallon for today, June 26, reflects a drop of a penny compared to last week, and is 94 cents per gallon cheaper than this time last year prior to the holiday weekend. 

“Just as with Memorial Day, Marylanders can expect to pay the lowest gas prices in five years for another holiday weekend this year,” commented Averella.  “Not only will drivers be saving at the pump this holiday, but they will be saving at Maryland’s toll booths as well.” 

Effective July 1, toll prices will be reduced on all of Maryland’s bridges and tunnels, as well as the Intercounty Connector, the I-95 Express Toll Lanes, and the John. F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95):  http://www.mdta.maryland.gov/News/Documents/MD_Toll_Rates_Effective_July_1.pdf

With a record volume of Marylanders driving to their destination, motorists are reminded to ensure their car is road ready by having their vehicle inspected by a certified auto technician prior to the trip in order to avoid the possibility of spending some of their holiday stranded on the side of the road. 

AAA Mid-Atlantic expects to rescue more than 26,000 stranded motorists across the club’s territory, with nearly 7,000 of those rescues in Maryland, based on the call volume for the 2014 holiday.  Tows, dead batteries and flat tires are expected to be the top three reasons for roadside service.

Air Travel Grows, Represents Third Highest Volume on Record

Air travel by Marylanders is forecasted to increase by 1.9 percent over last year’s holiday with nearly 65,000 residents planning to take to the skies, representing the third highest volume on record for the Independence Day holiday.

Other Modes of Travel Increase, Also Marks Third Highest Volume

Marylanders choosing other modes of transportation, including train, bus, or watercraft, representing approximately 6 percent of holiday travelers or 52,100.  This figure reflects a 1.9 percent increase from last year and the third highest volume for the Fourth of July holiday. 

 

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AAA Mid-Atlantic advocates on behalf of its nearly four million members in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. It provides a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through its 63 AAA stores, regional operations centers, and the Internet.  For more information, please visit our web site at www.AAA.com. 

 

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