Vehicle Travel Continues to Slide, Down 2.6 Percent for April 2011
June 24, 2011

Vehicle travel on the nation’s roadways continued a downhill slide in April 2011. Travel decreased by 2.6 percent for the month, when compared with April 2010—down from 256.6 billion miles to 250.5 billion miles, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

March travel had dropped 1.4 percent from the previous year.

Vehicle travel by region followed suit, with drops occurring throughout the United States. The greatest decrease, however, was seen in the Northeast, which topped even national numbers with a 3.5 percent drop from last year (see chart below for more).

Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
(in millions)

April 2010

April 2011

% Change

Northeast

36,607

35,386

-3.3

South Atlantic

56,343

55,170

-2.1

North Central

57,866

55,857

-3.5

South Gulf

49,668

48,595

-2.2

West

56,155

55,489

-1.2


Total

256,640

250,496

-2.4

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