Deep Dive: Gas prices are high and spring travel is underway. But how many people are out on the roads?

In this week’s Deep Dive, we're taking a look at how many people are out on the roads in our area.

News 12 Staff

Apr 8, 2022, 9:28 AM

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In this week’s Deep Dive, we're taking a look at how many people are out on the roads in our area, with gas prices high and spring travel underway. News 12's Kristie Reeter has more based off the Google Map searches in the area.
In a News 12 poll, New Jersey residents were asked: Do high gas prices have you rethinking spring and summer travel? In the state, most said it's not going to have an impact.
Through Google searches, we are able to track the travel trends and Caleb Silver, with Investopedia, has been looking into that. What are we seeing?
“All major counties Kristie in New Jersey still well below 2019 levels, 20% or more,” says Silver. “It's even worse if you look at Morris County down 27%, Hudson County down 25.4%, Bergen down 24.8%, and Monmouth County down 24.6% so we are not at full strength when it comes to commuting to work yet."
What impact is high gas prices likely to have on spring and summer travel, and what are we seeing already in terms of that?
"Also looking at Google mobility we are looking at where folks are traveling to and from the mall or to and from recreational areas,” says Silver. “It is improving a lot in New Jersey, 120% so some improvement especially in the past few weeks, so maybe folks are ready to get back out on the road as we go into spring and summer."


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