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Decrease in U.S. Travel Becomes Less Drastic; Only Down .9 Percent since February 2009
April 23, 2009

U.S. travel showed a modest decrease of 0.9 percent in February 2009 from the previous year—a drop of only 1.9 billion vehicle driven miles. In February 1009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration estimates that 215.8 billion vehicle miles were driven throughout the United States.

Travel actually increased from the previous year in both the Northeast and North-Central regions.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region Total Miles Traveled in February 2008 Total Miles Traveled in February 2009 Percentage Change
Northeast 31,825* 32,250 +1.3 percent
South-Atlantic 47,480 46,428 -2.2 percent
North-Central 46,830 46,830 +1.3 percent
South-Gulf 44,689 44,392 -0.7 percent
West 46,811 45,254 -3.3. percent
Total 217,636 215,769 -0.9 percent


*All figures are in millions except for totals.

Cumulative travel for all of the United States also only shows a 1.9-percent decrease as of the end of February 2009. It is estimated that 438.5 billion vehicle miles were driven by the end of February 2009, compared with 447.1 by the end of February 2009.

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