Miles Driven Continue Upward Trajectory

Travel on all roads and streets continued to climb in March 2016, up 5 percent, or 13 billion vehicle miles, compared to March 2015. Month over month, miles driven spiked by 17.8 percent. 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 273.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 4.2 percent, or 29.8 billion, to 746 billion vehicles miles.

On a month-over-month basis, all regions showed double-digit growth. The Northeast showed the largest increase, up 20.8 percent, followed by the South Atlantic, up 19.7 percent.

Comparing March 2015 to March 2016, all regions were up. The largest increase was in the Northeast, up 6.4 percent, followed by the South Atlantic, up 5.7 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region March 2015 March 2016 Percent Change
Northeast 38,424 36,115 6.4
South Atlantic 60,627 57,367 5.7
North Central 59,329 56,594 4.8
South Gulf 54,737 52,378 4.5
West 60,251 57,928 4.0
Total 273,365 260,380 5.0

 

Month-over-month figures in millions:

 

Region March 2016 (Preliminary) February 2016 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 38,424 31,819 20.8
South Atlantic 60,627 50,629 19.7
North Central 59,329 51,324 15.6
South Gulf 54,737 46,811 17.0
West 60,251 51,500 17.0
Total 273,365 232,083 17.8
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