Memorial Day: NJ May See Record Number of Cars on Roads This Year
Barbecues, flip-flops and parades are all staples of a memorable Memorial Day weekend. But this year, New Jersey residents should also expect high travel volume — more so than usual.
More Garden State residents are expected to take Memorial Day road trips this year than in the past 11 years, according to projections by AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Between May 26 and May 30, roughly 960,100 residents are estimated to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday. This is a 1.7 percent increase compared to last year, when 944,169 New Jerseyans took road trips.
These numbers do not take everything into account, said Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
“What the New Jersey travel numbers do not take into account is the amount of travelers that will be coming into New Jersey from other states or using New Jersey roadways to get to their final destination,” Noble said.
A majority of residents will be traveling by automobile, according to AAA-Midatlantic projections. Approximately 872,000 New Jerseyans are expected to travel by car over the holiday weekend, which Noble says is thanks gas prices that are 40 cents lower this year compared to 2015.
With more drivers on the road comes an increased need for roadside assistance. AAA Mid-Atlantic expects 6,400 stranded motorists in New Jersey over the holiday.
"Given the weather forecast for the weekend, we are expecting the routes to New Jersey Shore areas to be heavily traveled," Noble said.
Meanwhile, about 60,006 Garden State residents will travel by air and 28,446 will travel by train, bus or watercraft.