Vehicle Travel Rises for Seventh Month in Row; September Miles Driven Up 1.5 Percent over Previous Year
December 10, 2010

Vehicle travel on the nation’s roadways rose 1.5 percent from September 2009 to September 2010, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation. A total of 247.8 billion vehicle miles were driven during the month, compared with 244.1 billion vehicle miles driven during September 2009—a 3.7 billion increase.

This is the seventh consecutive month during which travel has risen this year over last year.

However, vehicle travel dropped 8.0 percent from August to September—as travel totaled 267.4 billion vehicle-driven miles for the month of July.

Regionally, travel was up throughout the nation as well, with the greatest increase in the South-Gulf region (see chart at right for more information).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region (in millions)
  September 2009 September 2010 % Change
Northeast 38,123 38,554 +1.1
South Atlantic 50,653 51,367 +1.4
North Central 56,564 57,392 +1.5
South Gulf 47,519 48,590 +2.3
West 51,261 51,868 +1.2
Total 244,119 247,771 +1.5

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