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NEW YORK (AP) - The Memorial Day migration is under way, and it's going to be crowded.

36.1 million Americans will travel fifty miles or more this weekend. That's a post-recession high. Eight in ten of those travelers will be behind the wheel. Cruise, train, and bus travel will see the highest increase of 6.5 percent.

Triple-A says an end to the bitterly cold winter and an improving economy are behind the surge.

The price of gasoline should look familiar to many drivers. For the third year in a row, the national average will be within a penny or two of $3.64 per gallon.

Steady gasoline prices are largely the result of crude oil prices that have remained steady too, as rising output in the U.S. and elsewhere have offset declining production in OPEC countries such as Iran and Libya.

The national average masks big price changes in some regions, though. Drivers in the middle of the country are paying far less than they were last year, while drivers on the coasts are paying more.

Analysts expect the national average price to slide lower through the beginning of the summer.

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