U.S. Miles Driven Down 1.5 Percent for September from Last Year
December 16, 2011

Vehicle travel on the nation's roadways dropped 1.5 percent from September 2010 to September 2011, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The FHA reports that 247.9 billion miles were driven in September 2010, compared with 244.2 billion in the same month of 2011.

Travel was also down in every region by varying amounts, with the top drop occurring in the South-Atlantic, which saw a 2 percent drop for the month from last year.

Comparing month-to-month statistics, September travel also fell 7 percent from August—from 262.7 billion vehicle miles to 244.2 billion.

The latest report follows trend with recent reports. August 2011 travel dropped 1.7 percent when compared with last year.

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)

Region

September 2010

September 2011

% Change

Northeast

38,078

37,779

-0.8

South Atlantic

53,409

52,363

-2.0

North Central

57,314

56,472

-1.5

South Gulf

47,605

46,787

-1.7

West

51,536

50,842

-1.3

Total

247,945

244,244

-1.5

Source: Federal Highway Administration

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