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AAA: July 4th Travel Highest Since 2002

  

The upcoming holiday weekend could be very busy on California roadways. 

AAA says the number of Californians traveling over the July 4th holiday will be the highest it's been since 2002.

"According to a latest survey we're expecting over 4.9 million Californians to be traveling for this Fourth of July holiday," says Cynthia Harris with the auto association. She says that up 1.3 percent from last year.

Most people - 3.9 million - will be driving, up one percent from last year.

The number of people flying - 600,000 - is up three percent. Harris says weekend airfares are expected to fall by nine percent.

"That could be a major factor with the lowest round trip rate averages $207 a ticket for the top U.S. air routes," says Harris. "So that's probably one of the reasons that people are deciding to fly more."

More than 428,000 people will be traveling by rail, bus or watercraft - an increase of 1.5 percent.

Harris says lower gas prices, strong consumer confidence and a generally healthy domestic economy have led more families to take trips this summer.

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