WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Summer is officially winding down. Labor Day is over, and that means we’re in the midst of “Terrible Traffic Tuesday.”
One commuter bluntly described the day as “hell on wheels,” but whether or not the day lives up to its name depends on who you ask.
Regional transportation experts say a lot of the hype is overblown, and September is a bad month for traffic in general.
Commuters WUSA9 spoke to are embracing for the worst.
"It's going to be busy,” said one. “The holidays over so everybody's got to rush back to work."
AAA says last Labor Day weekend over 851,000 people left the DC area and traveled 50 miles or more from home.
This year, they expected that number to rise, because it has for all of the other summer holidays. Whether it was 4th of July or Memorial Day, far more people traveled in 2016 than 2015, according to AAA data.
Those traveling this Labor Day weekend need to come home, and many are expected to come home Tuesday.
However, there is good news.
AAA says the most chaotic travel day of the holiday weekend was actually Friday afternoon, when the majority of schools let out.