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Memorial Day Holiday Traffic Expected to Peak on Thursday, Not Friday

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Traffic on Washington area highways ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to reach its worst point on Thursday afternoon, running counter to a common perception that the Friday before the holiday weekend is the worst time to travel.

In a recent analysis, researchers at the Transportation Planning Board examined historical travel speed information on the region's freeways and several major arterial highways in the days leading up to the holiday weekend. The analysis used commercially available speed information from the last five years provided anonymously by drivers and other travelers via their GPS-equipped smartphones and navigation devices.

The analysis found that the average travel speed during the pre-holiday week dropped to its lowest point between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Traffic on Thursday was consistently worse than traffic on Friday, surpassing it in each of the five years that were studied. Click here to read the full TPB Weekly Report.

The Transportation Planning Board at COG is the regional transportation planning organization for the Washington region. It includes local governments, state transportation agencies, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and members of the Maryland and Virginia General Assemblies.


Release Date: May 19, 2015
Contact: Steven Kania
Phone: skania@mwcog.org

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