April 2019 Travel Up 2.5 Percent Over 2018

All road and street travel improved by 2.5 percent, or 6.8 billion vehicle miles, for April 2019, compared to April 2018, according to the Federal Highway Administration’s most recent numbers.

Month-over-month miles driven increased by 3.4 percent compared to March 2019.

Overall travel for the month is estimated to be 279.3 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year went up by 1.0 percent, or 10.4 billion vehicle miles, to an estimated 1,020.8 billion vehicle miles of travel.

On a year-over-year basis, all of the regions saw an increase in its miles driven. The West saw the most improvement, as its percentage grew by 3.0 percent. The South-Atlantic and North-Central followed closely with increases of 2.8 percent. Next was the Northeast with an increase of 2.6 percent, followed by the South-Gulf region with an increase of 1.3 percent.

Year-over-year figures in billions:

Region Total Travel Percentage Change
North-East 37.2 +2.6
South-Atlantic 60.5 +2.8
North-Central 61.4 +2.8
South-Gulf 56.4 +1.3
West 63.7 +3.0


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