Travel Down 1.2 Percent in March from Previous Year
June 5, 2009

U.S. travel decreased 1.2 percent in March 2009 from the previous year-a drop of 3.1 billion vehicle driven miles. In March 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration estimates that 245.1 billion vehicle miles were driven throughout the United States.

Travel actually increased from the previous year in three of the five regions—the Northeast, South-Central and South-Gulf Regions.

Estimated Miles Driven by Region Total Miles Traveled in March 2008 Total Miles Traveled in March 2009 Percentage Change
Northeast 36,676* 36,856 +0.5
South-Atlantic 54,539
52,697
-3.4
North-Central 53,023 53,169 +0.3
South-Gulf 49,787 49,958 +0.3
West 54,123 52,410 -3.2
Total 248,149 245,090 -1.2

*All figures are in millions except for totals.

Cumulative travel for all of the United States also only shows a 1.7-percent decrease as of the end of March 2009. It is estimated that 695.2 billion vehicle miles were driven by the end of March 2008, compared with 683.7 by the end of March 2009.

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