Miles Driven Continues 2012 Increase in March
May 21, 2012

by Katie O'Mara, komara@glass.com

Travel on the U.S. roadways rose by 0.9 percent from March 2011 to March 2012, an increase of 2.3 billion miles, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Thus far, cumulative travel for 2012 has increased by 1.4 percent as compared to 2011 reports. The year-to-date total for 2012 is the highest so far since 2008. Regionally, vehicle travel increased in every region of the country except for the West region, which only saw a small decrease of 0.2 percent. The North-Central region experienced the largest increase, reporting a 4.3 percent jump in travel as compared with 2011 (see chart below for details on all regions).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
Region
March 2011
March 2012
Percent Change
Northeast
36,076
36,465
+1.1
South-Atlantic
54,889
55,346
+0.8
North-Central
54,715
55,835
+2.0
South-Gulf
50,707
51,198
+1.0
West
52,716
52,599
-0.2
Total
249,102
251,441
+0.9



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