April 19, 2014
The number of Nevadans planning to travel over the Memorial Day weekend is up slightly from last year - but not by much.
AAA on Monday estimated 313,000 Nevadans will travel 50 miles or
more over the upcoming holiday. That's less than a 1 percent
increase over last year.
Most of those who do travel will take to the road.
About 48,000 plan to fly, a decrease of one-tenth of 1 percent
from last year, AAA said.
The automobile club said high gasoline prices are causing people
to cut back on summer travel plans, or scrap them altogether.
"Gasoline prices are having more of an impact this year than we
have seen in the past because of the cumulative effect of high gas
prices year after year," said Michael Geeser, spokesman for AAA
Geeser said many people surveyed also expressed growing concern
for their personal finances as reason to cut back on travel.
Nationally, more than 37.6 million people expect to travel over
Memorial Day, with more than 31 million traveling by car.
Triple-A said Nevada motorists will pay about 80 cents more for
a gallon of gas in Reno and Las Vegas than they did a year ago.