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September Travel Shows 4.4 Percent Drop from 2007

Travel during September 2008 on all roads and streets in the United States dropped 4.4 percent from September 2007 at an estimated total of 232.8 billion miles, according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal High Administration (FHA). This figure reflects a drop by 10.7 billion vehicle-driven miles from the previous year.

The continued plunge throughout 2008 continued in September as well, which shows an 8.2 percent drop from August 2008, during which 253.7 billion vehicle miles were driven.

When broken down by region, miles driven compared to September 2007 continued to drop in all regions during September 2008.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

Region Total Miles Traveled in Sept. 2007 Total Miles Traveled in Sept. 2008 Percentage Change
Northeast 38,594 37,298 -3.4
South-Atlantic 51, 091 48,178 -5.7
North-Central 55,605 53,391 -4.0
South-Gulf 47,421 44,956 -5.2
West 50,843 47,421 -3.6
Total 243,555 232,847 -4.4

For cumulative miles driven throughout the year, current numbers are down 3.5 percent from 2007; in September 2007, 2256.3 billion cumulative vehicle miles had been driven, while this year, only 2256.3 billion cumulative miles had been driven as of this September.

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