Construction began Monday on the first six permanent traffic counters throughout the Island, providing access to new data.

Summer traffic on Martha’s Vineyard is causing significant headaches for people who visit and live here, according to the results of a Vineyard Gazette survey, with seven out of 10 respondents saying they avoid shopping in towns in July and August because of congestion.

The Vineyard Gazette’s Community Surveys project is launching an online survey to gather public attitudes and ideas about motor vehicle traffic on Martha’s Vineyard during the peak summer months.

Summer vehicle traffic numbers from the Steamship Authority are on track to match last year’s record-breaking figures, and backups continue to snarl Island roads in July and August.


With new hot spots cropping up every year, summer traffic jams appear to be spreading around the Island.


Numbers from the SSA, Martha’s Vineyard Commission and Vineyard Transit Authority confirm that cars and traffic are on the increase.