May’s Miles Driven Top Last Year’s Figure

Travel on all roads and streets continued its steady climb in May 2016, up 2 percent, or 5.5 billion vehicle miles, compared to May 2015. Month over month, miles driven were up 2.5 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 279.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.3 percent, or 41.8 billion vehicle miles, to 1,297.8 billion.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth with the exception of the Northeast, which was down 0.5 percent. The strongest growth was in the West, up 4.0 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, all regions were up with the exception of the West. This region was down 1.0 percent. The strongest growth was in the Northeast, up 6.2 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region May 2016 May 2015 Percent Change
Northeast 39,388 39,573 -0.5
South Atlantic 59,662 58,780 1.5
North Central 62,838 61,970 1.4
South Gulf 55,667 54,115 2.9
West 61,856 59,500 4.0
Total 279.4






Month-over-month figures in millions:


Region May 2016 (Preliminary) April 2016 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 39,388 37,102 6.2
South Atlantic 59,662 57,902 3.0
North Central 62,838 61,264 2.6
South Gulf 55,667 53,932 3.2
West 61,856 62,432 -1.0
Total 279.4






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