Traffic Bounces Back After October Drop; Volume Increases for Month of November by 1.4 Percent
January 22, 2010

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in billions)
November 2008 November 2009 Percent Change
Northeast 34.5 35.2 +2.1
South Atlantic 48.6 49.0 +0.8
North Central 51.1 52.1 +1.9
South Gulf 46.1 46.6 +1.0
52.9 53.5 +1.3
Total 233.2 236.4 +1.4
Source: Federal Highway Administration

Despite a drop in October, traffic on the roads across the United States began to rise again in November 2009, and was up 1.4 percent over the previous year, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the Department of Transportation. This represents a total of 236.4 billion vehicle miles driven over the course of the month-up 3.2 billion vehicle miles from the previous year.

Cumulative travel also is estimated to be up for the year, calculated through the end of November so far-by 0.3 percent (or 7.6 billion vehicle miles).

The cumulative estimate for the year is 2,694.8 billion vehicle miles, compared with the 2,687.1 billion vehicle miles that had been driven by the end of November 2008. Full-year results are expected to be available by late-February 2010.

From October to November 2009, traffic also rose by 0.3 percent-from 2,458.4 billion vehicle miles to 2,694.8 billion vehicle miles.

Regionally, vehicle traffic also was up across the United States over the previous year. The Northeast region saw the greatest increase of 2.1 percent-up from 34,478 million miles in November 2008 to 35,195 million miles in November 2009 (see chart).

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