Travel Continues to Rise, Though Only Slightly; May U.S. Miles Driven Up 0.1 Percent
July 27, 2010


Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)
May 2009
May 2010
Percent Change
Northeast
38,692
38,893
+0.5
South Atlantic
54,740
54,903
+0.3
North Central
59,603
59,467
-0.2
South Gulf
50,804
51,225
+0.8
West
56,518
56,152
-0.6

Total
260,355
260,641
+0.1

Vehicle travel on U.S. roadways continued to rise in May for the third consecutive month though by a mere 0.1 percent increase over May 2009. Travel totaled 260.6 billion vehicle miles, compared with 260.4 billion vehicle miles driven in May 2009, according to the latest reports from the Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Travel also continues to rise each month as the year goes on-and was up 4.7 billion vehicle driven miles from April 2010, a 1.8 percent increase.

While travel throughout the nation might have been up, regionally travel was down in both the North-Central and Western regions, by 0.2 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively (see chart for more information). However, the South-Gulf region took top of the charts for regional travel, with an increase of 0.8 percent over the previous year.

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