Washington, D.C. – Travel on all U.S. roads and streets in April 2009 increased by 0.6 per cent compared with April 2008, according to the Traffic Volume Trends report issued by the Federal Highway Administration.
Americans drove an estimated 249.5 billion miles, up 1.4 billion miles from April 2008. Cumulative travel for 2009 is down by 1.1 per cent compared to the same period in 2008, though, at 10.0 billion vehicle miles.
The results mark the first increase in the moving 12-month total for all roads since a decline began in November 2007, when the total was 3.038 trillion miles.
The West saw the largest increase of vehicle travel, up 1.3 million to 55.1 billion miles, followed by the South Golf region at 0.8 per cent, and the South Atlantic, up 0.5 per cent. The North Central States increased by 0.1 per cent, while the Northeast remained flat at 36.6 billion miles.