Fewer people are traveling to Atlantic City, especially on casino buses.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority says the number of casino buses and passengers has dropped for the past 24 consecutive months.
The Press of Atlantic City reports 140,000 people rode the buses in February, the latest month statistics were available. That represented 30 percent fewer than February 2012 and about half the number of passengers two years ago.
The number of vehicles passing through the Atlantic City Expressway's Pleasantville toll plaza decreased by 11 percent compared to the same month last year.
Charter bus owner Bill Rohrbaugh tells the newspaper he has seen many of his competitors abandoning the route. He says casinos are offering fewer promotions and making it less attractive to bus patrons.
It wasn’t always that way.
At one point, it was the biggest thing we had going for us,” he told the paper.