More people are taking to the roads this holiday season as gas prices have dropped since the spring. Cathleen Lewis of AAA New Jersey said the roads are seeing the second highest crowds in a decade even though gas prices, averaging $3.12, are slightly higher than last year. Lewis sat down with NJToday’s Mike Schneider to discuss holiday travel on the roadways in the state.
AAA has been a vocal supporter of a stable, sustainable funding source for the state’s transportation trust fund, says Lewis, partly to ensure that roads are in good repair. Every two years, AAA conducts a study that assesses the condition of New Jersey’s roads. According to Lewis, road conditions vary. She says the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway normally score high marks. Most of the significant problems are found on local roads which, she says, continue to deteriorate.
She said there has been a significant drop in airline travel in the past two years, which she attributes to the economic climate. She also said in the last few months, residents have stopped waiting for a raise, or other discretionary income, and have decided to travel by car, train or bus to get where they need to go without having to spend a lot for air transportation.