Year-Over-Year Travel in December Slightly Increased

Travel on all roads and streets experienced an uptick in December 2017, increasing .7 percent, or 1.8 billion vehicle miles, compared to December 2016, according to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration. Month-over-month miles driven decreased slightly by .04 percent.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 261.8 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year increased by 1.2 percent, or 39.3 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 3,208.5 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, three regions showed growth, with the West representing the strongest growth, up 2.2 percent. The region representing the strongest decrease was the South Atlantic, down .6 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, travel increased in three regions. The region representing the highest increase was the Northeast, up 4 percent. The South Gulf had the strongest decrease, down 2.6 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

Region Dec. 2017 Dec. 2016 Percent Change
Northeast 37,086 37,143 -0.2
South Atlantic 55,217 55,564 -0.6
North Central 56,493 55,718 1.4
South Gulf 50,878 50,747 0.3
West 62,112 60,786 2.2
Total 261.8

(billions)

260

(billions)

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