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DOT: September Vehicle Miles Traveled Gain 0.3%% vs. Yr Ago
11/20 10:26 AM
DOT: September Vehicle Miles Traveled Gain 0.3% vs. Yr Ago OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- The most recent data from the Federal Highway Administration showed Americans drove 800 million or 0.3% more miles in September than they did during the corresponding month in 2016. 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 262.5 billion miles during the month profiled. This total includes 80.9 billion vehicle-miles on rural roads and 181.7 billion vehicle-miles on urban roads and streets. The seasonally adjusted vehicle miles traveled for September is 267.4 billion miles, 0.04% higher than the prior month and 2.3 billion miles or 0.9% higher than in July 2016. Cumulative travel for the first nine months of the year is 2,410.3 billion vehicle miles, 31.4 billion vehicle miles or 1.3% higher than the same period in 2016. In the U.S. North-East region, total miles traveled September were unchanged versus the same month in 2016 at 38.3 billion miles. In the South-Atlantic, VMT totaled 54.4 billion miles, 0.5% lower than September 2016 levels, while VMT in the West edged up 0.6% from the same month a year ago to 56.9 billion miles. The North-Central region reported a gain of 0.7% in VMT versus September 2016 to 60.0 billion miles, while the South-Gulf region reported VMT gained 0.6% from the corresponding month a year ago to 52.9 billion miles. (c) 2017 DTN. All rights reserved.