February Miles Driven Top Last Year’s Figure

Travel on all roads and streets continued to climb in February 2016, up 5.6 percent, or 12.4 billion vehicle miles, compared to February 2015. This is according to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 266.1 billion miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.7 percent, or 17 billion, to 472.8 billion vehicle miles.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The South Atlantic region showed the largest increase, up 6.7 percent, followed by the Northeast, up 6.1 percent.

From January to February 2016, all regions showed declines. The largest decrease was in the South Gulf, down 6.1 percent. The North Central region was down 5.5 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region February 2015 February 2016 Percent Change
Northeast 31,819 29,989 6.1
South Atlantic 50,763 47,560 6.7
North Central 51,324 48,546 5.7
South Gulf 46,815 44,372 5.5
West 51,500 49,380 4.3
Total 232,222 219,849 5.6

 

Month-over-month figures in millions:

 

Region February 2016 (Preliminary) January 2015 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 31,819 32,468 -2.0
South Atlantic 50,763 52,493 -3.4
North Central 51,324 54,169 -5.5
South Gulf 46,815 49,686 -6.1
West 51,500 51,747 -0.5
Total 232,222 240,563 -3.4

 

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