DOT: Miles Driven Rose 1.6 Percent in February

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has reported an increase in miles driven for the month of February 2017 compared to February 2016. The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for February 2017 is 267.2 billion miles, a 1.6 percent, or 4.2 billion vehicle miles, increase over February 2016. This represents the fourth consecutive February with increased travel.

The DOT estimated that travel for the month was 233.4 billion vehicle miles, whereas February 2016 was estimated at 232.2 billion vehicle miles.

The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for February 2017 is also a 0.2 percent, or 0.6 billion vehicle miles, increase compared with January 2017.

Cumulative travel for 2017 changed 2 percent, or 9.5 billion vehicle miles, according to the report.

Estimated Vehicle-Miles of Travel by Region – February 2017 – (in billions)

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 31.7 1.0
South-Atlantic 51.8 3.1
North-Central 51.8 3.5
South-Gulf 48.0 1.2
West 50.1 0.4

Estimated Vehicle-Miles of Travel by Region – February 2016 – (in billions)

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 31.8 6.1
South-Atlantic 50.8 6.7
North-Central 51.3 5.7
South-Gulf 46.8 5.5
West 51.5 4.3

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