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Travel Still Down, But Only by 1.6 Percent in December 2008 (Compared to December 2007)

Travel during December 2008 on all roads and streets in the United States saw only a modest drop of 1.6 percent from December 2007. (In prior recent months, travel has been down more than 5 percent from 2007.) In December 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration reports that 237.2 billion vehicle miles were driven, compared with 240.9 billion in December 2007-a drop of 3.8 billion miles.

December miles driven were actually up from November, during which only 232.6 billion miles were driven-an increase of 2.0 percent.

Travel actually increased by 0.5 percent in the Northeast in December 2008, compared with December 2007, but continued to drop in all other regions. The Western region say the largest drop since 2007-at a decline of 4.8 percent.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

Region Total Miles Traveled in Dec. 2007 Total Miles Traveled in Dec. 2009 Percentage Change
Northeast 37,209 37, 389 +0.5 percent
South-Atlantic 51,389 50,990 -0.8 percent
North-Central 52,073 51,533 -1.0 percent
South-Gulf 45,955 45,563 -0.9 percent
West 54,284 51,677 -4.8 percent
Total 240,912 237,152 -1.6 percent

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