Miles Driven Momentum Continues

Fotolia_34615598_LTravel on all roads and streets continued to climb in April 2016, up 2.6 percent or 6.8 billion vehicle miles, compared with April 2015. Month over month, miles drive were down slightly by 0.2 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 267.3 billion miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up by 3.7 percent, or 36.5 billion, to 1,018.6 billion vehicle miles.

On a month-over-month basis, only two regions showed growth—the North Central and the West. The North Central region was up 3.2 percent, while the West grew by 3.6 percent. The steepest decline was in the South Atlantic region, down 4.2 percent.

Comparing April 2015 to April 2016, all regions showed growth. The strongest growth was in the West, up 3.1 percent. The slightest growth occurred in the Northeast, up 1.3 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region April 2016 April 2015 Percent Change
Northeast 37,125 36,649 1.3
South Atlantic 58,024 56,405 2.9
North Central 61,252 59,689 2.6
South Gulf 53,932 52,644 2.4
West 62,434 60,547 3.1
Total 272,767 265,933 2.6


Month-over-month figures in millions:


Region April 2016 (Preliminary) March 2016 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 37,125 38,424 -3.4
South Atlantic 58,024 60,449 -4.2
North Central 61,252 59,329 3.2
South Gulf 53,932 54,737 -1.5
West 62,434 60,246 3.6
Total 272,767 273,182 -0.2

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