October Sees Minor Drop in Miles Driven—First Decrease in Several Months
December 23, 2009

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in billions)

 

October 2008

October 2009

Percent Change

Northeast

38.5

38.0

-1.2

South Atlantic

52.9

53.1

+0.4

North Central

57.2

56.5

-1.3

South Gulf

49.2

48.6

-1.2

West

54.3

54.5

+0.3

Total

252.1

250.8

-0.5

Source: Federal Highway Administration

Though the miles driven across the United States have risen continually this year for several months, this changed in October, during which month travel was down by .5 percent from the previous year, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the Department of Transportation—for a total of 250.8 billion vehicle miles driven over the course of the month. This represents a drop of 1.3 billion vehicle miles driven from the previous year. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

Traffic was up, however, from September 2009, during which FHA reports 240.3 billion vehicle miles were driven.

When looking at moving totals throughout the year, cumulative travel is up for 2009. By the end of October 2008, 2,454.0 billion vehicle miles had been driven, compared with 2,458.8 billion vehicle miles driven by the end of October 2009.

The South Atlantic and Western regions were the only ones that reported an increase, though both modest, over the previous year’s October report (see chart).

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