Fewer expected to travel for Labor Day

September 4, 2009 9:57:04 AM PDT
Fewer people are expected to hit the highways for the Jersey shore over the Labor Day holiday because many parents have replaced beach bags with school backpacks.
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    Labor Day is later than usual this year and many schools have reopened ahead of the customary end of the summer tourism season.

    AAA Mid-Atlantic projects 1.4 million Garden State residents will travel more than 50 miles from home over the holiday weekend.

    That's a 15 percent decrease from 2008 but more than double the number who drove in 2006.

    The average price of gasoline in the Garden State is $2.54 compared to $3.47 this time last year.

    AAA predicts 42,000 New Jerseyans will travel by airplane, a 22 percent decrease from 2008.

    The Port Authority says it expects 3 million travelers will move through Newark, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Stewart airports over the holiday. The agency says the passenger volumes are lower than other years because of the recession.


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