Vehicle Miles Traveled in 2020 Slid 13.2%% YoY, NE DN most
2/25 2:46 PM
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. (c) Copyright 2021 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.
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