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May 14, 2018
RECORD-BREAKING MICHIGAN MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY TRAVEL FORECASTED

Nearly 5% Increase – Most Travelers in Over a Dozen Years
 
DEARBORN, MI, (May 14, 2018) – Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. After enduring a wicked winter, Michiganders will kick off the season by traveling in record numbers.  According to AAA, nearly 1.3 million Michiganders will travel this Memorial Day weekend, reflecting close to 5 percent more travelers than last year and the most in more than a dozen years.
 
As gas prices rise along with the temperatures, AAA still expects more people will take to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation. INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be 2-3 times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25), as commuters mix with holiday travelers.
 
“Higher gas prices will not be enough to keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development,  AAA – The Auto Club Group. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”
 
Michigan Travel Trends
2018 marks Michigan’s:
  • Sixth consecutive year of growth in Memorial Day travel with 5% more travelers than last year.
  • < >econd highest travel volume on record for this holiday since 2005, when there were nearly 1.5 million Michigan travelers.The vast majority of travelers – over 1.1 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day holiday, nearly 5% more than last year.
Planes:

  • Nearly 70,000 people will travel by air, close to an 8% increase and the fifth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.
Trains, Buses, Rails and Cruise Ships:

  • Travel across these sectors is expected to increase by nearly 2.5% to over 53,000 passengers.
 
Road Report: Worst Times to Hit the Road
INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while Detroiters could see one and a half times the delay.
 
“Ranked the most congested country in world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”
 
Worst Days/Times to Travel
Metro Area Worst Day for Travel Worst Time for Travel Delay Multiplier of Normal Trip
Atlanta, GA Thursday, May 24 3:30 - 5:30 PM 1.6x
Houston, TX Thursday, May 24 4:30 - 6:00 PM 1.5x
Boston, MA Thursday, May 24 4:30 - 6:30 PM 1.8x
Washington, DC Thursday, May 24 4:30 - 7:00 PM 2.3x
San Francisco, CA Friday, May 25 3:00 - 5:30 PM 1.7x
Los Angeles, CA Friday, May 25 3:30 - 5:30 PM 1.9x
New York, NY Friday, May 25 3:30 - 6:30 PM 2.7x
Detroit, MI Friday, May 25 4:00 - 5:30 PM 1.5x
Chicago, IL Friday, May 25 4:00 - 6:00 PM 2.1x
Seattle, WA Friday, May 25 4:00 - 6:00 PM 1.8x
      Source: INRIX

 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
AAA is North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, providing more than 58 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
 
AAA’s Projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. View the full Economic and Holiday Travel Reports from AAA and IHS.

INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.

 
 
 
 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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