Travel Continues to Remain Low in 2009; Down 3.1 Percent for January
U.S. travel was down 3.1 percent from the previous year in January 2009a drop of 7 billion vehicle miles. In January 2008, 229.5 billion miles were driven-compared with 222.4 billion miles driven in January 2009 throughout the United States.
As gas prices started to raise slightly again, travel continued downward from December 2008, during which 237.0 billion miles were driven across the United States-a drop of 6.2 percent.
Travel was also down for each region of the country from January 2008, with the largest plummet seen in the North-Central region-a drop of 6 percent.
*All figures are in millions except for totals.
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