Sep 4, 2009 12:03 PM by Associated Press

AAA: Labor Day weekend travel expected to be down from year ago

It's Labor Day weekend again, but fewer folks are expected to be taking trips for the traditional last weekend of summer this year.

Triple-A expects about 39 million Americans will travel this weekend, and that's down 13 percent from last year. Triple-A's Troy Green says the main reason is that Labor Day comes so late this year -- a full week into September. Green says many schools have already been open for two or three weeks, so parents are reluctant to go on vacation.

Of those who will be traveling, most will be on the highways. Triple-A estimates 84 percent will travel by auto, 4 percent will
fly and the rest will go by bus, rail or cruise ship.

Holiday weekend road trips will be a bit cheaper this year. Green says gas prices are down more than a dollar a gallon from a
year ago.


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