AAA predicted earlier in May that more than 37 million people are expected to travel at least 50 miles over the weekend – defined as Thursday, Mayo 27, through Monday, Mayo 31 - a 60% increase from 2020, as travelers were kept homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the surge from last year, it would be 6 million fewer people, o 13%, than during the same period in 2019.
“As more people get the COVID-19 vaccine and consumer confidence grows, Americans are demonstrating a strong desire to travel this Memorial Day,” Paula Twidale, senior vice president of AAA Travel, dijo en un comunicado. “This pent-up demand will result in a significant increase in Memorial Day travel, which is a strong indicator for summer, though we must all remember to continue taking important safety precautions.”
But as more Americans hit the roads for the holiday weekend, it will affect how fast drivers can reach their destinations. USA Today reported travel times are expected to be about 20% higher than usual, with delays in the late afternoons and early evenings. Top Memorial Day destinations include Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla., Denver y Myrtle Beach, S.C.
INRIX, the transportation analytics firm used by AAA, warned that several major U.S. cities could experience double or triple the travel times.
“Although vehicle trips are down as much as 40% in some metros, afternoon congestion is nearly back to pre-pandemic levels,” INRIX’s Bob Pishue said in a statement. “With the increase of holiday travelers to the typical afternoon commute, drivers in the larger metros should expect longer delays heading into the holiday weekend.”
“Travelers should anticipate delays to start on Wednesday and continue through Memorial Day. Our advice to drivers is to avoid the evening commute times and plan alternate routes,” él agregó.