All US Regions Experience June Slide in Vehicle-Miles Traveled

New figures from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) show that all five U.S. regions experienced declines in vehicle miles traveled for June 2022 compared to the same month one year prior. Not only did miles traveled on all roads and streets decrease year-over-year for the month, but figures also fell from May 2022.

The West’s figures saw the sharpest decline at 62.5 billion vehicle miles, a 3% decrease over the same time last year.

The administration’s traffic trends for June 2022 show a 4.8 billion decrease in vehicle miles, or 1.7%, over June 2021. Overall travel for the month is reported at 282.1 billion vehicle miles and 268 miles when seasonally adjusted. The former includes 89.4 billion vehicle miles on rural roads and 192.7 billion vehicle miles on urban roads and streets, while the latter figure marks a 1% decrease, or 2.7 billion vehicle miles, when compared to May 2022.

Cumulative travel in 2022 changed by 2.8%, or 43.2 billion vehicle miles. The cumulative estimate for the year is 1,587.1 billion vehicle miles of travel, according to the administration.

However, all five regions in the U.S. saw declines in estimated vehicle miles of travel. The Northeast experienced a 0.6% decrease in vehicle miles traveled, a total of more than 38.2 billion, in June 2022 compared to June 2021.

The South Atlantic recorded approximately 60.8 billion miles for a 1.4% decrease over June 2021 figures. North-Central saw a 1.5% decrease with 63.1 billion miles traveled, and the South-Gulf a 1.3% decrease with 57.6 billion miles clocked. The West’s figures saw the sharpest decline at 62.5 billion vehicle miles, a 3% decrease over the same time last year.

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