U.S. Auto Travel Continues to Increase for Third Consecutive Month; June Sees 2 Percent Increase
August 24, 2009
Travel on U.S. roads and highways continued to increase for the
month of June-for the third consecutive month-and was up by 2 percent
for the same month in 2008, according to the latest report from
the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the Department
of Transportation. Miles driven during the month of June increased
by 4.9 billion miles over June 2008, and were estimated at a total
of 256.7 billion vehicle driven miles.
Driven by Region
(all in billions except totals)
Cumulative travel for the month, however-a rolling total from the
beginning of 2009-was down by .4 percent, a drop of 6.1 billion
vehicle miles. As of the end of June, the cumulative estimate for
the year is 1,446.1 billion vehicle miles of travel-compared with
1,452.2 billion miles driven during the same period in 2008.
When broken down by region, all U.S. regions reported increases
in miles driven over last June, with the largest increase seen in
the South Gulf region-up 2.8 percent (1,366 billion) from last year.
Though this is the third consecutive month during which travel has
increased over last year, the June 2009 increase over June 2008
is the largest percentage increase yet; in May, travel was up by
just 0.1 percent over May 2008 (CLICK HERE for related story) (http://www.glassbytes.com/newsMay20090724.htm),
and in April, it was up 0.6 percent over the prior year. The April
increase was the first reported by the FHA for more than a year
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