Growth Trend Continues as January 2012 Sees Rise in Miles Driven
March 29, 2012

by Katie O'Mara, komara@glass.com

Travel on the U.S. roadways rose by 1.6 percent from January 2011 to January 2012, an increase of 3.5 billion miles, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Miles driven in 2011 ended on a 1.3 percent increase in December and the trend continued into the New Year. Regionally, vehicle travel increased in every region of the country except for the West region, which saw a 1.5 percent decrease. The Northeast region experienced a major increase of 4.6 percent in travel (see chart below for details on all regions).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
Region
January 2011
January 2012
Percent Change
Northeast
30,388
31,782
+4.6
South-Atlantic
48,588
49,459
+1.8
North-Central
50,435
51,480
+2.1
South-Gulf
45,096
45,989
+2.0
West
46,803
46,090
-1.5
Total
221,313
224,798
+1.6

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