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Labor Day travel expected to reach post-recession high

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Tens of thousands of people from the Washington area are expected to hit the road this weekend for the Labor Day holiday. 

AAA Mid-Atlantic reports 811,500 people will travel long distances. That's a 2.6 percent increase from last year. It's also a four-year high in the number of area residents traveling 50 miles or more from home. 

Not as many people traveled this year for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July holidays, but it appears Washingtonians are eager to get out of town for one last trip before summer ends. 

This year's number of Labor Day travelers is expected to reach a post-recession high. 

About nine out of ten vacationers will travel by car this weekend, up 2.7 percent from 2012. A little over 41,400 people will travel by train, bus or water, up 2.6 percent from last year. Air travel is expected to increase this year by 1 percent. 

As of Monday, the average price of gasoline in the Washington area was $3.56, which is 16 cents lower than last year. 

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