Miles Driven Continues Upward Spike

Fotolia_73313703_Subscription_Monthly_XLTravel on all roads and streets continued its steady climb in June 2016, up 3.2 percent, or 8.6 billion vehicle miles, compared to June 2015. Month over month, miles driven were up 1.05 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 282.3 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year the year is up by 3.3 percent, or 50.5 billion vehicle miles, to 1,580.2 billion vehicle miles.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth. The strongest growth was in the West, up 4.1 percent followed by the South Atlantic region, up 3.2 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, three of the regions showed a decline. The largest decline was in the South Atlantic region, down 1.8 percent. Of the two regions showing growth, the largest increase was in the West, up 3.7 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region June 2016 June 2015 Percent Change
Northeast 39,371 38,462 2.4
South Atlantic 58,595 56,792 3.2
North Central 64,773 62,972 2.9
South Gulf 55,480 53,890 3.0
West 64,129 61,602 4.1
Total 282,348

(billion)

273,722

(billion)

3.2

 

Month-over-month figures in millions:

 

Region June 2016 (Preliminary) May 2016 (Revised) Percent Change
Northeast 39,371 39,388 -0.04
South Atlantic 58,595 59,622 -1.8
North Central 64,773 62,838 3.1
South Gulf 55,480 55,667 -0.3
West 64,129 61,866 3.7
Total 282,348

(billion)

279,419

(billion)

1.05
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