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Travel Decrease Continues in October; Down 3.5 Percent from 2007 for Month

Travel during October 2008 on all roads and streets in the United States dropped 3.5 percent from October 2007 at an estimated total of 249.7 billion vehicle-driven miles, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal High Administration (FHA). This figure reflects a drop by 9.0 billion vehicle-driven miles from the previous year.

However, October travel increased 7.6 percent from September 2008-up from 232.1 billion miles.

When broken down by region, miles driven compared to October 2007 continued to drop in all regions during October 2008.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

Region Total Miles Traveled in Oct. 2007 Total Miles Traveled in Oct. 2008 Percentage Change
Northeast 39,175 38,267 -2.3
South-Atlantic 52,491 55,249 -5.0
North-Central 58,249 56,191 -3.5
South-Gulf 50,135 48,606 -3.0
West 55,876 54,172 -3.0
Total 258,685 249,722 -3.5

For cumulative miles driven throughout the year, current numbers continue to be down 3.5 percent from 2007; in October 2007, 2514.9 billion cumulative vehicle miles had been driven, while this year, only 2425.7 billion cumulative miles had been driven as of this October.

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