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Tourism experts are blaming the effects of Superstorm Sandy for a steep drop in visits to Atlantic City during the first four months of the year.

A new study from the South Jersey Transportation Authority finds there were far fewer passengers on planes and trains, and fewer casino buses and cars heading into town than in the same period in 2012.

Israel Posner, the director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism, tells the Press of Atlantic City that the data show that the effects of the storm are still lingering.

Atlantic City was not hit as hard by last year’s storm as places farther north on the shore.

January to April 2012 January to April 2013
Total toll transactions on the Atlantic City Expressway 16,202,506 15,336,085
Toll transactions on the expressway through the Pleasantville toll plaza 6,524,730 6,074,947
Scheduled air passengers 425,819 307,426
Casino buses 41,286 31,233
Rail travelers on NJ Transit 436,783 371,358

Source: South Jersey Transportation Authority

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