Miles Driven Continues to Rise

Travel on all roads and streets continued to increase for January 2016, up 2.0 percent or 4.8 billion vehicle miles, compared to January 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 240.7 billion vehicle miles.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The Northeast showed the largest increase in miles driven, up 3.7 percent. This region was followed by the South Gulf, which was up 3.1 percent.

From December 2015 to January 2016, most regions dropped, with the largest decrease seen in the Northeast at 12.8 percent. The South Gulf region was the only region to see an increase from December to January—up 2.5 percent.

 Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region January 2015 January 2016 Percent Change
Northeast 31,304 32,468 +3.7
South Atlantic 52,095 52,655 +1.1
North Central 53,449 54,189 +1.4
South Gulf 48,149 49,665 +3.1
West 50,954 51,751 +1.6
Total 235,950 240,728 +2.0


Month-over-month figures in millions:

Region December 2015 (Revised) January 2016 (Preliminary) Percent Change
Northeast 37,235 32,468 -12.8 percent
South Atlantic  52,950 52,655 -0.6 percent
North Central 56,571 54,189  -4.2 percent
South Gulf 48,440 49,665 +2.5 percent
West 57,277 51,751 -9.6 percent
Total 252,474 240,728 -4.7 percent

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