Gas prices on the rise in Rockford

Jeannie Matthews
May 15, 2018

That is in spite of rising gas prices, which are expected to the highest for a Memorial Day weekend in four years, AAA officials said.

"Following a long winter, Americans are excited to kick off the summer travel season and have fun with family and friends", said Jim Lehman, president of AAA East Central.

Gas prices rose again around West Michigan on Monday with prices spiking to around $3 a gallon for regular unleaded.

Eugene Borja said he travels every day and transports his children to and from school, baseball games and other places.

Almost 70,000 people are expected to travel by air, close to an 8 percent increase and the fifth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.

- Six million will travel by automobile, up 4.5 percent from 2017.

More people are flying.

Trains, buses, rails and cruise ships are expected to net a total of 1.8 million passengers, including 35,000 Georgians.

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The busiest travel times will be late afternoon Thursday and Friday (May 24-25), as commuters mix with holiday travel.

At $2.87, the national gas price average jumped 6 cents on the week in part due to the White House's decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran, according to AAA's weekly survey.

"The highest gas prices since 2014 won't keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend", Albert said.

More than 41.5 million people will travel for the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, which is 4.8% more than a year ago, according to AAA travel club.

Combined with recent geopolitical anxieties over Syria and the United States' rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, the expected spike in gas prices ahead of Memorial Day means Tennesseans will be spending more to fill their tanks, according to a Monday AAA report. That's 20 cents in the last month, according to AAA.

The national average has gone up 0.8 cents since last week at $2.87. Orlando is followed by Seattle, Honolulu and Las Vegas.

We haven't reached Memorial Day weekend yet, typically a big time for travel.

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