2009 Ends with an Overall Increase in Vehicle
Travel Over 2008; Traffic Volume Remains Unchanged from December
2008 to 2009
February 24, 2010
Vehicle Miles Driven by
Region (in billions)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) estimates that 2009 ended
with a .2 percent increase in vehicle miles driven over the entire
previous year, in what could perhaps be a sign of a reviving automotive
industry (and economy at large). The FHA, a division of the Department
of Transportation, tracks both monthly travel on U.S. roadways,
along with cumulative travel throughout the year. FHA estimates
that a total of 2,293.4 billion vehicle miles were driven during
the year 2009, compared with 2,925.7 in 2008.
Comparing month to month, December travel in 2008 and 2009 was
nearly even, with 238.5 billion vehicle miles driven in December
2009, compared with 238.6 billion vehicle miles driven in 2008-a
0 percent change.
This continues the trend that appeared throughout the last nine
months of 2009; October was the only month between April 2009 and
the end of the year that traffic was down from 2008. (CLICK
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From November to December 2009, traffic also rose by 0.2 percent-from
2,693.9 billion vehicle miles to 2,932.4 billion vehicle miles.
Regionally, vehicle traffic also was up for all regions except the
Mid-Atlantic and South Gulf regions (see chart below).
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