DOT: December 2018 Vehicle Miles Traveled Up 0.7% on Year
OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- The most recent data from the Federal Highway
Administration showed Americans drove 1.9 billion or 0.7% more miles in
December 2018 than they did during the corresponding month in 2017.
The FHA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, reported
that based on preliminary reports from the State Highways Agencies, U.S.
drivers traveled an estimated 268.4 billion miles during the month profiled.
This total includes 77.8 billion vehicle-miles on rural roads and 190.6
billion vehicle-miles on urban roads and streets.
The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for December 2018 is 271.3
billion miles, 1.1% more than the prior month and 1.1% or 2.9 billion miles
higher than December 2017.
Cumulative travel for 2018 is estimated at 3,224.9 billion miles, 12.2
billion miles or 0.4% more than the corresponding period a year ago.
In the U.S. North-East region, total miles traveled in December 2018 totaled
37.6 billion miles, 2.4% more than the same month in 2017. In the
South-Atlantic, VMT totaled 56.3 billion miles, a decline of 0.4% from the
December 2017 level, while VMT in the West gained 0.8% versus the same month a
year ago to 62.4 billion miles.
The North-Central region reported a 1.0% increase in VMT versus December
2017 at 60.1 billion miles, while the South-Gulf region reported VMT edged up
0.3% from the corresponding month a year ago to 52.0 billion miles.
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