Labor Day weekend is almost here and officials with the South Jersey Transportation Authority say traffic has already started accumulating on the Atlantic City Expressway.
Joe Lupo, Senior Vice President of the Borgata, said, "It's a great weekend - one of the biggest weekends of the year."
With August coming to a close, South Jersey transit officials and businesses in Atlantic City say this coming weekend signifies the end of the summer tourism season.
Kevin Rehmann, spokesman for the SJTA, explained, "It's typically the last hurrah, if you will, for the summer beach houses and whatnot." Rob Nistico, a cook at White House Subs, said "Labor Day weekend is probably one of the busiest weekends of the year, it's going to be crazy in here - busy, busy, busy."
In South Jersey, traffic has already started to accumulate on the expressway. Rehmann noted, "I was out there coming from Frank Farley down to Atlantic City earlier today and traffic was pretty heavy eastbound heading towards the shore, so that's a good sign, and it's only Thursday."
Officials with the SJTA say Labor Day weekend is definitely one of the busiest weekends of the year and that they can expect close to 500,000 people to travel on the Atlantic City Expressway this weekend. Rehmann said, "It's my understanding that it's heavy all throughout eastbound heading towards the shore."
Casinos like the Borgata expect major crowds and to have their hotel sold out throughout the weekend. Joe Lupo explained, "We’re really expecting a busy weekend. Hotel rooms packed, the casino packed, and with all of the events we have going on, we're looking to really round out the summer holiday."
Popular restaurants like White House Subs in Atlantic City say they're also ready for the rush. Nistico said, "Lots of people, lots of families. You know, it's the last hurrah of the summer so you figure everyone is coming down for the last bit of the summer and then you go home. We'll probably be busy up until about Monday."
AAA predicts that 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this weekend.
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