Memorial Day 2024: The days and hours when there will be the most traffic in the US.

Next Monday, May 27, Memorial Day 2024 will be celebrated, which means that those who live in the United States You can enjoy a long weekend, and according to information from the authorities, It is expected to be one of the busiest in decades.

Let’s remember that for many Americans, Memorial Day also means the unofficial start of summer, which brings with it a significant increase in vehicular and air traffic, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

The AAA has estimated that for this Memorial Day, approximately 43.8 million people will travel at least 80 kilometers between Thursday and next Monday. This figure is the highest recorded in almost 2 decades, even exceeding travel levels prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are projecting one million additional travelers this weekend compared to 2019, which not only means we are surpassing pre-pandemic levels, but also indicates a very busy summer travel season ahead,” commented Paula. Twidale, senior vice president of AAA’s travel division.

Among the most popular national destinations for this weekend are:

* Orlando, Florida
*Seattle, Washington
* New York, New York
* The Vegas, Nevada
* Los Angeles California
*Denver, Colorado

In addition, cities such as Anchorage in Alaska, Fort Lauderdale in Florida, Miami and Boston are also among the favorite destinations, according to ABC News.

In 2024, there will be a lot of mobility on practically all the roads in the country for Memorial Day. (Photo: David Zalubowski/AP)

There will be excessive traffic on US roads during Memorial Day

The AAA estimates that This Memorial Day, 38.4 million people will travel by car, which represents the highest amount since they began monitoring these patterns in 2000. For those who plan to drive, significant congestion is anticipated, especially in the afternoon hours.

Times with greatest congestion on highways:

* Thursday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
* Friday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
* Saturday: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
* Sunday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
* Monday (May 27): 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Likewise, the Hertz company has reported that demand for car rentals will be high, especially in cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas and Orlando. Most rentals will take place between Thursday and Friday.

Crowded airports in the US on Memorial Day 2024

It is expected that 3.51 million people traveled by plane during Memorial Day weekend, a figure up from 3.35 million last year and the highest since 2005. Airlines are preparing for a considerable increase in passenger traffic.

Airline Projections:

* United Airlines: More than 500,000 passengers daily from Thursday to Tuesday, which would be the busiest Memorial Day weekend in history.
* Delta Airlines: Approximately 3 million passengers during this six-day period.
* American Airlines: Expects 3.9 million passengers.

Hartsfield-Jackson airports in Atlanta and Dallas Fort Worth are anticipated to be the busiest.

Practically, for 20 years, so many plane trips have not been recorded on Memorial Day. (Photo: Bebeto Matthews/AP)

Impacts on public transportation due to Memorial Day

It is projected that Around 1.9 million people will use public transportation systems this weekend. Cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington DC will see an increase in congestion on their transportation systems.

Subway congestion will peak in the afternoon, early evening and mid-morning between Thursday and Monday. Users should prepare for possible delays and longer wait times.

Tips for those who will travel during Memorial Day

With the expected increase in traffic, both on roads and at airports, AAA recommends travelers:

* Review your travel plans: Consider times of lower demand to make your trips more bearable.
* Plan ahead: Check traffic conditions and possible delays.
* Stay informed: Use traffic and news apps to stay aware of conditions in real time.

For those who choose public transportation, it is suggested:

* Leave early: To avoid peak congestion hours.
* Have patience: Anticipate longer wait times and possible delays.

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