Rainy weekend threatens Memorial Day weekend travel plans

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May 24, 2013, 6:43 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels) - Traffic along Route 3 three isn't too bad this Friday before Memorial Day weekend, but we all know it's going to pick up, even with this rain.

The Sagamore Bridge the Friday of Memorial Day weekend is basically a soggy mess. And rain like this leading into a holiday weekend equals bad business for the good businesses on Cape Cod and all over the coastal towns of New England, especially for the businesses that depend on the foot traffic from these big holiday weekend.

Ian Woodman, coastal business owner, said, "It's big, because you can't make it up. There's only one of these weekends here. And it can be devastating when you really lose the weekend."

But despite this dreary weather hopefully New Englanders will head out to the cape this weekend and enjoy everything a wonderful Cape Cod Memorial Day weekend has offer despite the weather.

And we all know about driving out to the cape; It can be hours upon hours of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. AAA estimates nationwide more than 31 million people will hit the road and go somewhere at least 50 miles or more from their home this Memorial Day.

With gas prices a few cents higher than the same weekend last year. The national average for a gallon of unleaded this holiday weekend is $3.66.

And if you don't feel like driving, there is a great option, especially if you like the train. It's called the Cape Flyer, and it’s a train that'll take you right from Boston through a couple different stops and all the way to Hyannis.

If you feel like taking the Cape Flyer, fares aren't too bad. The full route from South Station to Hyannis is $20 one-way and $35 round-trip.

Click here for more information on the Cape Flyer.

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