Vehicle Miles Traveled in 2020 Slid 13.2% YoY, NE DN most
OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) --- Cumulative travel for the full year 2020 is
estimated at 2,829.7 billion miles, down 13.2% or 430.2 billion vehicle miles
compared with the January-December 2019 period, according to the latest data
from the Federal Highway Administration.
The FHA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation, reported
that based on preliminary reports from the State Highway Agencies, U.S. drivers
traveled an estimated 244.1 billion vehicle miles during the month of December,
down 28.1 billion or 10.3% from the corresponding month in 2019. This total
includes 72.2 billion vehicle-miles on rural roads and 172.0 billion
vehicle-miles on urban roads and streets.
The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for December is 244.5 billion
miles, down 0.3% from month prior and 10.6% or 28.9 billion vehicle miles lower
than December 2019.
In the U.S. North-East region, total miles traveled in December was 31.7
billion miles, tumbling 15.2% from the same month in 2019. Of states in the
region, DOT data show miles traveled in Vermont sank 19.1% during the period
profiled while Pennsylvania registered an 18.4% year-on-year downturn.
VMT totaled 54.2 billion miles in the South-Atlantic, down 9.2% versus the
December 2019 level with travel down a steep 18.7% in the District of Columbia
over the same timeframe.
Data show VMT in the West slid 11.2% versus the same month a year ago at
54.9 billion miles.
The North-Central region reported an 11.9% drop in VMT versus December 2019
at 52.4 billion miles with Michigan registering sharp 16.6% falloff. Kentucky
recorded the highest drop off of states in the South-Gulf, with a 10.1% decline
while the South-Gulf region as a whole reported a 5.4% drop in VMT versus the
corresponding month a year ago at 50.9 billion miles.
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