Vehicle Travel Continues to Drop; February 2010 Down 2.9 Percent from Previous Year

April 26, 2010

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
February 2009
February 2010
Percent Change
Northeast
32,361
30,692
-5.2
South Atlantic
47,148
44,986
-4.6
North Central
48,480
46,683
-3.7
South Gulf
44,695
43,602
-2.4
West
46,523
46,934
+0.9
Total
219,208
212,897
-2.9

Despite a continual increase over the latter months of 2009 and even early 2010, vehicle travel decreased in February 2010-down 2.9 percent from the previous year, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The FHA, a division of the Department of Transportation, estimates that 212.9 billion vehicle miles were driven during the month of February, compared with 219.2 billion vehicle miles traveled in February 2009.

This continues a trend that begin in January, which saw a 1.6 percent decrease in vehicle miles driven when compared with the previous year. The FHA tracks both monthly travel on U.S. roadways, along with cumulative travel throughout the year.

Cumulative travel as of February 2010 also was down from the previous year. By the end of February 2009, 445.5 billion vehicle miles had been traveled on the nation's roadways, compared with 435.4 billion vehicle miles traveled by the end of February 2010-a 2.3 percent drop.

Regionally, vehicle traffic was down for all regions except the Western Region (see chart at right).

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