Labor Day weekend travel expected to be busiest in 3 years

Friday, September 2, 2022
Roads, airports to be packed for Labor Day weekend
Janice Yu reports as Labor Day is expected to be one of the biggest travel weekends of the year

The Labor Day weekend is expected to be the busiest travel weekend in three years as experts are predicting a return to pre-pandemic levels.

According to AAA, most people who are traveling will be driving, with more than 80% of people taking their car as opposed to a plane.

"AAA anticipates that Friday, September 2, will be the busiest travel day of the holiday weekend, as we see travelers mixed with commuters on Friday afternoon trying to get down to the shore," AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jana Tidwell said. "Trying to get to the beaches during those peak commute times is not going to be fun. It's not going to be easy."

The Port Authority says 1.8 million passengers are expected at area airports, down about 2% from pre-pandemic levels.

The agency expected as many as 4.2 million vehicles to cross Port Authority bridges and tunnels.

Gas prices continue to fall this week, with the average price of gas in New Jersey having dropped below $4.

The cost per gallon dropped another cent on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway Friday, down to $3.95.

AAA's average in New Jersey is $3.87, above the national average of $3.80.

The price of gas has been decreasing slowly in the northeast, due to a variety of issues.

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