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.

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(all in billions except totals)
June 2008 June 2009 Percent Change
Northeast 38,081 38,385 +0.8
South Atlantic 52,104 53,040 +1.8
North Central 58,022 58,969 +1.6
South Gulf 48,575 49,941 +2.8
West 54,988 56,351 +2.5
Total 251,767 256,686 +2.0
Source: Federal Highway Administration

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 (CLICK HERE for related story).

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