- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That would be a 4.6 percent increase over last year’s holiday travel.

AAA says the three key factors driving an increase in travel are stronger consumer confidence, lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window.

About nine out of 10 residents are expected to travel by car, and 5 percent of residents will likely travel by air.

AAA says this year’s projections represent the most holiday travel by Maryland residents since 2001 when the auto club began forecasting state travel.

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