Miles Driven Continues to Increase Through February; East Coast Sees Big Improvement From February 2010
May 5, 2011

Vehicle travel on the nation's roadways rose 0.9 percent from February 2010 to February 2011, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. A total of 214.8 billion vehicle miles were driven during the month, compared with 212.8 billion vehicle miles driven during February 2010-a 2.0 billion increase.

This is the twelfth consecutive month during which travel has risen over the previous year.

Regionally, travel was up significantly on the east coast, but dropped in the South Gulf and the West (see chart below for more information).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

February 2010

February 2011

% Change

Northeast

30,192

30,785

+2.0

South Atlantic

46,714

48,795

+4.5

North Central

47,296

47,439

+0.3

South Gulf

42,607

42,510

-0.2

West

46,039

45,291

-1.6


Total

212,489

259,528

+0.9

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