Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)
January 2009
January 2010
Percent Change
Northeast
32,439
32,902
+1.4
South Atlantic
50,153
48,722
-2.9
North Central

49,798
49,942
+0.3
South Gulf
46,592
45,044
-3.3
West
47,530
46,197
-2.8

Total
226,591
222,806
-1.6

Traffic Drops Off After December Holidays; Volume Decreases for Month of January by 1.6 Percent
March 29, 2010

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) estimates that January 2010 started with a 1.6 percent decrease in vehicle miles driven compared January of 2009, in what proves to be a disappointing drop after the rush of holiday travel. The FHA, a division of the Department of Transportation, tracks both monthly travel on U.S. roadways, along with cumulative travel throughout the year.

This reversed the trend that appeared throughout the last nine months of 2009; October was the only month between April 2009 and the end of the year that traffic was down from 2008. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

Regionally, vehicle traffic was down for all regions except the North Central and Northeast regions (see chart to the right).

 


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