U.S. Travelers Back Away from Road Travel
August 12, 2011
Vehicle travel on the nation’s roadways dropped 1.9 percent in May 2011, compared with the same month of the previous year. The number of miles driven dropped from 258.9 billion to 254.0 billion for May 2011, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
April travel had dropped 2.6 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 South Gulf, which topped even national numbers with a 2.2 percent drop from last year (see chart below for more).
Vehicle Miles Driven by Region
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