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Since border reopening, car crossings up to pre-pandemic levels, pedestrians lag at AZ ports

Restrictions on so-called nonessential northbound trips were lifted in early November. Since then, the number of personal vehicles crossing the border into Arizona at major ports has returned to — and in some cases exceeded — pre-pandemic figures, new federal data show.

For example, in San Luis, nearly 270,000 cars crossed in January, up nearly 5% from the last pre-pandemic January.

While also up, pedestrian crossings remain well below pre-pandemic levels. The 180,000 or so pedestrians who crossed this January in Nogales were down 36% from January 2020.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.