Travel Rises over 2008 for Fifth Consecutive Month
October 26, 2009
Travel on U.S. roads and highways continued to increase for the
month of August for the fifth month in a row. Miles driven on the
nations roads were up by 0.7 percent over August 2008, an
increase of 1.9 billion vehicle driven miles, according to the latest
report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division
of the Department of Transportationfor a total of 259.0 billion
vehicle driven miles.
Driven by Region
(all in billions except totals)
Federal Highway Administration
When compared with July, however, travel was down by 4.4 billion
milesfrom 263.4 billion in July 2009 to 259.0 billion in August.
Cumulative travel for the year also is up slightly over 2008. As
of the end of August in
2008, 1,966.9 billion vehicle miles had been driven, compared with
1,967.8 billion for the same period of 2009.
Despite several increases overall when compared with 2008, travel
was actually down from 2008 in the North-East (by 0.4 percent) and
the North-Central (by 0.2 percent) regions. The South-Atlantic,
South-Gulf and West regions, however, saw a boost during the same
Travel has risen continually over the previous year since April
2009, according to reports from FHA, which saw the first increase
in a year over the previous yearof 0.6 percent.
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