Vehicle traffic down in Atlantic City

Fewer people visited Atlantic City in 2013 by trains, planes and automobiles.

The South Jersey Transportation Authority says nearly 52.1 million toll-paying vehicles used the Atlantic City Expressway in 2013. That’s a 2 percent decline from 2012.

Ridership on New Jersey Transit’s line that links Atlantic City with Philadelphia was down nearly 5 percent last year.

Atlantic City International Airport handled 1.1 million passengers, an 18 percent drop from nearly 1.4 million passengers in 2012.

Analyst Israel Posner at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey tells The Press of Atlantic City the lower numbers reflect lingering effects from Superstorm Sandy and competition from casinos in neighboring states.

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