Filling up on Memorial Day weekend usually means emptying our wallets as we head out of town. But, AAA says it could’ve been worse this holiday weekend.
“We’re looking at gas prices in the state of Indiana averaging $3.80 a gallon, interestingly enough we’re right on track where we were one year ago,” said Greg Seiter with AAA Hoosier Motor Club.
We found gas much lower at some stations around town. But with 34.8 million people traveling this weekend and 31.2 million traveling by car, expect to see some gas spikes. Drivers should expect some relief at the pump next week.
“I do think gas prices will begin to drop back a little bit,” Seiter said. “What we typically see coming out of the spring is gas prices will drop back because we’re completing the transition to reformulated gasoline.”
Juggling travel on Memorial Day weekend can be a circus. A lot of Hoosiers like Bill Ratner and his family are trying to get out of town to bypass the craziness of the Indianapolis 500.
“We’ll miss the race, but we wanted to have some fun outside of Indianapolis this weekend,” Ratner said. “We’re going to see the monuments out in (Washington) D.C. this weekend.”
Ratner and his family are getting out of town during prime time—race fans from all over the world are packing the Circle City looking for fun.
“We’re from Philadelphia. We’re here to watch AJ Foyt’s team win the race,” said Tom Kuchan.
AAA said air travel will be down about eight percent—but not at Indianapolis International Airport.
“There’s more passenger traffic because of the 500 and all of the Memorial Day traffic, so we’re excited to see the airport more alive than usual,” said Christopher Matney, air services director at the airport. “We’ll actually see on Monday when everyone is leaving the race a one-percent boost over last year.”
Add the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat playoff game to the mix, and you’ve really got a circus on your hands. But this isn’t the airport’s first go-round with crowds.
“This was an airport that came from a blank sheet of paper. It was designed for moving large groups of people. The Super Bowl was a great example of that—keeping delays at a minimum despite everything that happens. So, we’re ready for the Memorial Day weekend and the 500 traffic,” Matney said.