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the hol­i­day week­end. The 5.8 per­cent in­crease rep­re­sents 75,000 more trav­el­ers than last year. Au­to­mo­biles: U.S. – 39.7 mil­lion will take a road trip – a 5.1 per­cent in­crease from last year.

Ge­or­gia – Over 1.2 mil­lion Ge­or­gians will take a road trip. The 5.7 per­cent in­crease rep­re­sents nearly 65,000 more Ge­or­gians who will be on the road. Planes: U.S. – A record-break­ing 3.8 mil­lion peo­ple will travel by air, a 7.9 per­cent in­crease and the ninth year of con­sec­u­tive air travel vol­ume in­creases.

Ge­or­gia – 105,000 Ge­or­gians will fly to their des­ti­na­tion(s). The 7.4 per­cent in­crease rep­re­sents 7,100 more air trav­el­ers than last year.

Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships:

U.S. – Travel across these sec­tors will in­crease by 5.8 per­cent to a to­tal of 3.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers.

Ge­or­gia – 78,000 Ge­or­gians will travel via train, bus, and/or cruise. The 5.6 per­cent in­crease rep­re­sents a growth of 4000 more pas­sen­gers than last year.

Gas prices mov­ing lower into

In­de­pen­dence Day

Mo­torists will find the most ex­pen­sive In­de­pen­dence Day gas prices in 3-4 years. Last year’s hol­i­day, the av­er­age price was $2.07 in Ge­or­gia and $2.23 na­tion­wide. On July 4, 2015, gas prices av­er­aged $2.65 in Ge­or­gia and $2.77 na­tion­wide. Dur­ing the 2014 hol­i­day, a gal­lon of reg­u­lar av­er­aged $3.57 in Ge­or­gia and $3.66 na­tion­wide.

On Wed­nes­day, prices at the pump av­er­aged $2.73 in Ge­or­gia and $2.88 na­tion­wide. For­tu­nately, fuel prices are fall­ing. Since peak­ing at $2.97 Me­mo­rial Day week­end, the na­tional av­er­age de­clined 9 cents.

“De­clin­ing gas prices will

give Amer­i­cans one more rea­son to cel­e­brate this In­de­pen­dence Day,” said Gar­rett Townsend, Pub­lic Af­fairs Di­rec­tor- GA, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Af­ter pay­ing some of the highest gas prices in more than three years, this break couldn’t come at a bet­ter time, as Amer­i­cans pre­pare for the most-trav­eled hol­i­day of the sum­mer.”

Driv­ers be­ware: Ter­ri­ble Tues­day

INRIX, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with AAA, pre­dicts driv­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence the worst con­ges­tion over the hol­i­day week on Tues­day, July 3 in the late af­ter­noon – as com­muters leave work early and mix with hol­i­day trav­el­ers. Travel times could in­crease two-fold in the ma­jor met­ros across the U.S., with driv­ers in Los An­ge­les, New York and Wash­ing­ton D.C. ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant de­lays.

“With a record-level num­ber of trav­el­ers hit­ting the road this hol­i­day, driv­ers must be pre­pared for de­lays around ma­jor met­ros,” says Scott Sed­lik, gen­eral man­ager and vice pres­i­dent - pub­lic sec­tor, INRIX. “Although travel times are ex­pected to nom­i­nally in­crease through­out the week, Tues­day af­ter­noon will hands down be the worst time to be on the road. Our ad­vice to driv­ers is to avoid peak com­mut­ing hours al­to­gether or con­sider al­ter­na­tive routes.”

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