Vehicle Travel Jumps; March 2010 Sees 2.3 Percent Increase from Previous Year
June 1, 2010

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
March 2009
March 2010
Percent Change
Northeast
36,986
37,987
+2.7
South Atlantic
53,544
54,871
+2.5
North Central
54,447
55,615
+2.1
South Gulf
50,189
51,254
+2.1
West
53,855
55,062
+2.2
Total
249,019
254,788
+2.3


Despite a decrease in travel during February, March showed a very different story when it comes to the difference between 2009 and 2010. March 2010 numbers show a 2.3 percent increase in vehicle travel over March of 2009, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

This reverses a trend that began in January, which saw a 1.6 percent decrease in vehicle miles driven when compared with the previous year. The FHA tracks both monthly travel on U.S. roadways, along with cumulative travel throughout the year.

Cumulative travel also was down from the previous year. By the end of March 2009, 694.7 billion vehicle miles had been traveled on the nation's roadways, compared with 689.8 billion vehicle miles traveled by the end of March 2010-a 0.7 percent drop.

Regionally, vehicle traffic was up for all regions across the United States (see chart at right).



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