May’s Miles Driven Top Last Year’s Figure

Travel on all roads and streets continued its steady climb in May 2016, up 2 percent, or 5.5 billion vehicle miles, compared to May 2015. Month over month, miles driven were up 2.5 percent. This is according to the latest figures from the Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Travel for the month is estimated to be 279.4 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative travel for the year is up 3.3 percent, or 41.8 billion vehicle miles, to 1,297.8 billion.

On a year-over-year basis, all regions showed growth with the exception of the Northeast, which was down 0.5 percent. The strongest growth was in the West, up 4.0 percent.

Comparing month-over-month figures, all regions were up with the exception of the West. This region was down 1.0 percent. The strongest growth was in the Northeast, up 6.2 percent.

Year-over-year figures in millions:

RegionMay 2016May 2015Percent Change
Northeast39,38839,573-0.5
South Atlantic59,66258,7801.5
North Central62,83861,9701.4
South Gulf55,66754,1152.9
West61,85659,5004.0
Total279.4

(billion)

273.9

(billion)

2.0

 

Month-over-month figures in millions:

 

RegionMay 2016 (Preliminary)April 2016 (Revised)Percent Change
Northeast39,38837,1026.2
South Atlantic59,66257,9023.0
North Central62,83861,2642.6
South Gulf55,66753,9323.2
West61,85662,432-1.0
Total279.4

(billion)

272.6

(billion)

2.5

 

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