In­creased Me­mo­rial Day week­end traf­fic eyed

Record Observer - - News -

STEVENSVILLE — As sum­mer unof­fi­cially kicks off Me­mo­rial Day week­end, AAA Mid-At­lantic projects nearly 834,0000 Mary­lan­ders will travel, a 2.3 per­cent in­crease com­pared to 2016, and the high­est fig­ure for the hol­i­day since 2005, mir­ror­ing the na­tion­wide trend for Me­mo­rial Day travel. The Maryland Trans­porta­tion Author­ity es­ti­mates more than 377,000 peo­ple will travel across the Wil­liam Pre­ston Lane Jr. Me­mo­rial (Bay) Bridge. The Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day travel pe­riod is de­fined as Thurs­day, May 25 to Mon­day, May 29.

“Our fore­cast shows that Mary­lan­ders are join­ing Amer­i­cans across the coun­try in plan­ning a get­away for the Me­mo­rial Day hol­i­day week­end in record num­bers not seen since 2005,” said Rag­ina Cooper Averella, Man­ager of Pub­lic and Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs at AAA Mid-At­lantic. “In­creases in personal in­come and fall­ing un­em­ploy­ment rates have led to strong growth in con­sumer spend­ing, as well as a high level of con­sumer op­ti­mism. These are the driv­ing fac­tors mo­ti­vat­ing Mary­lan­ders to open up their wal­lets to spend on a hol­i­day trip.”

AAA Mid-At­lantic, trans­porta­tion and safety of­fi­cials, as well as law en­force­ment, were joined by Ocean City Mayor Richard Mee­han Tures­day morn­ing, May 23, at Hem­ing­way’s Restau­rant in Stevensville, at the south­ern base of the Bay Bridge, to kick off the un­of­fi­cial start to the sum­mer va­ca­tion season with travel pro­jec­tions and traf­fic safety ini­tia­tives.

“Ocean City is ex­cited to kick off the sum­mer season and the Me­mo­rial Hol­i­day Week­end,” said Mee­han. “Our sum­mer is full of free fam­ily fun, ev­ery day of the week, in­clud­ing ex­cit­ing sig­na­ture events like the 10th An­nual Air Show. De­spite all of the ex­cite­ment, safety is al­ways our number one pri­or­ity. We want our vis­i­tors to ar­rive in Ocean City safely, stay safe while you’re here and re­turn home safely. Re­mem­ber to Walk Smart, us­ing cross­walks and cross­ing with the pedes­trian sig­nal.”

Nearly 744,000 Mary­lan­ders in­tend to drive to their desti­na­tion, a 2.1 per­cent in­crease over last year’s hol­i­day. Res­i­dents tak­ing to the roads rep­re­sent the largest share (88 per­cent) of over­all trav­el­ers.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.