Memorial Day Travel

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Despite gasoline prices at nearly record levels, Triple-A is projecting a record number of travelers for the Memorial Day weekend.

The survey by North America's largest travel group shows some 37-point-two (m) million Americans will take trips of 50 miles or more from home, up more than two percent over last year.

Of those, some 31-point-one (m) million plan to go by car, also up from 2004. Similar increases are also projected for train, bus and other forms of transportation.

The survey shows that only a shortage of gasoline would alter the public's travel plans.

Air travelers will also be paying less to fly this year, despite efforts by the airline industry to raise fares to cover the higher prices for fuel.

Hotel rates will be higher -- up about ten percent from last year.