AAA report: Predicted holiday travel volume will set new record in 2017

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Any potential for snow isn't expected to deter the estimated 2.1 million Marylanders who are expected to drive to their holiday destinations, a 3.1 percent increase from previous year, according to AAA.

"In fact, across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving - and we project the same for the year-end holiday period".

An estimated 107 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles between Saturday and January 1, AAA says.

More than 126,000 passengers are expected to fly for the holidays, a 3.8 percent increase in air travel that represented the most growth of any single mode of travel, AAA said. They also said to delegate tasks for everyone in the auto. "The strong economy and growing consumer confidence has fueled holiday travel all year long". Traveling on the holiday itself is also an effective strategy.

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"Be sure you have a plan to get home safely if you're out celebrating this year", said Michael Blasky, spokesman for AAA.

AAA Two and Three Diamond Rated hotel prices are down. You can call a ride for yourself or someone else by dialing (800) AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on December 24 and December 31. The Two Diamond nightly average rate is $121, a 5 percent decrease from a year ago.

AAA has an app that any type of traveler can download to help scope out the cheapest gas prices, best routes, highway assistance and travel arrangements. Despite the busier time of year, Brian Albee of Sonoma County Transit said they will be running their regular Sunday schedule on Christmas Eve and noted that on Christmas Day there will be no service. When asked if the transit system sees an increase in riders, Albee said.

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