February 2015 Miles Driven Up 2.8 Percent

The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, has released the newest numbers for miles driven in February 2015. They show an increase of 2.8 percent (up 6.1 billion vehicle miles) compared to February 2015.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 221.1 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for 2015 is up 3.9 percent (17.1 billion vehicle miles). The estimate for the year is 458.5 billion vehicle miles.

Looking at month-over-month figures, the slightest decline was in the North Central region, down 1.0 percent. The steepest decline was in in the South Gulf, down 10.2 percent.

Comparing year-over-year figures, travel in the West showed the largest growth, up 6.6 percent. The South Gulf showed the slightest increase, up 0.8 percent.

Month-over-month figures:

Region February 2015 (Preliminary) January 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 30,171 31,510 -4.4
South Atlantic 47,214 51,729 -9.5
North Central 48,971 53,989 -1.0
South Gulf 44,993 48,869 -10.2
West 49,800 51,219 -2.8
Total 221,150 237,314 -7.3

Year-over-year figures:

Region February 2015 (in millions) February 2014 (in millions) Percent Change
Northeast 30,171 29,767 1.4
South Atlantic 47,214 46,328 1.9
North Central 48,971 47,616 2.8
South Gulf 44,993 44,618 0.8
West 49,800 46,711 6.6
Total 221,150 215,039 2.8
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