National Vehicle Travel Down for Month of March 2011; Western Region Sees 2.6 Percent Drop
June 3, 2011

As gas prices rose this spring, it seems vehicle travel dropped slightly, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The government agency reports a 1.4 percent decrease in the number of miles driven across the nation’s roadways for the month of March—compared with the same month in 2010.

FHA reports that a total of 250.4 billion miles were driven by vehicles in the United States during March 2011, compared with 253.9 for the previous year.

The drop comes after twelve consecutive months of vehicle travel on the rise.

Regionally, travel was down from the previous year in all of the regions except the South Gulf, where road travel remained stable. The Western region saw the biggest decrease from last year of 2.6 percent—from 54,106 million miles in March 2010 to 52,700 million in March 2011 (see chart below for more information).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

March 2010

March 2011

% Change

Northeast

37,456

36,880

-1.5

South Atlantic

56,501

56,095

-0.7

North Central

56,102

55,022

-1.9

South Gulf

49,698

49,698

0.0

West

54,106

52,700

-2.6


Total

253,868

250,396

-1.4


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