Traffic Bounces Back After October Drop; Volume
Increases for Month of November by 1.4 Percent
January 22, 2010
Miles Driven by Region
|| November 2009
Despite a drop in October, traffic on the roads across the United
States began to rise again in November 2009, and was up 1.4 percent
over the previous year, according to the latest report from the
Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the Department
of Transportation. This represents a total of 236.4 billion vehicle
miles driven over the course of the month-up 3.2 billion vehicle
miles from the previous year.
Cumulative travel also is estimated to be up for the year, calculated
through the end of November so far-by 0.3 percent (or 7.6 billion
The cumulative estimate for the year is 2,694.8 billion vehicle
miles, compared with the 2,687.1 billion vehicle miles that had
been driven by the end of November 2008. Full-year results are expected
to be available by late-February 2010.
From October to November 2009, traffic also rose by 0.3 percent-from
2,458.4 billion vehicle miles to 2,694.8 billion vehicle miles.
Regionally, vehicle traffic also was up across the United States
over the previous year. The Northeast region saw the greatest increase
of 2.1 percent-up from 34,478 million miles in November 2008 to
35,195 million miles in November 2009 (see chart).
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