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More than 2 million Floridians are expected to travel for Memorial Day weekend

AAA, The Auto Club Group, forecasts that the holiday weekend will bring out the second-highest volume of travelers since 2000. Pictured are children celebrating in New Port Richey in 2016. [Times, 2016]
Published May 16

Memorial Day weekend is expected to make a splash. AAA, The Auto Club Group, forecasts that the holiday weekend will bring out the second-highest volume of travelers since 2000. About 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel for the weekend, up nearly 4 percent from last year.

"A strong economy and weaker gas prices should help boost travel numbers this Memorial Day holiday weekend," AAA said in a release.

About 2 million Floridians will travel by car (up about 4 percent over the year), while 184,400 will travel by air (up 5 percent). Roughly 61,000 are expected to travel by other means such as rail, up under 1 percent from last year. Nationally, 42.8 million Americans are expected to travel for the holiday weekend.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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