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More Texans Plan Travel Memorial Day Weekend

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – The cost of gasoline has gone up 25 cents a gallon this month, but that's apparently NOT cutting into Memorial Day road trips. KERA's BJ Austin says more Texans are traveling this year, in spite of the economic downturn.

Memorial Day weekend travel by Texans is expected to be up 7% from last year. Dan Ronan, with Triple A Texas says that's a lot more than the increase expected nationally 1.5%. Ronan says the economy in Texas is better. And, at $2.26 a gallon, gasoline in Texas is a dime lower than the national average. He says in the big picture, the 25 cent a gallon increase Texans have seen at the pumps this month is not that bad.

Ronan: If you were to fill up your car at 14 gallons today at today's price it would cost between 31 and 32 dollars. If you were to do that a year ago, it would cost between 56 and 58 dollars, depending on the gas station.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Dallas this week is 2.26. It's two cents cheaper in Fort Worth.

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