U.S. driving nears 1 trillion miles in first four months of 2015
Washington, D.C.—New estimates released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that Americans drove 987.8 billion miles for the first four months of the year, topping the previous record — 965.5 billion — set in April 2007.
The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report, a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel, show that Americans drove 267.9 billion vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) in April — the most ever driven in April and the highest mileage for the first quarter of any year — underscoring the need for greater investment in transportation infrastructure.
The April estimates show that the nation’s driving has increased steadily for 14 consecutive months.
The new figures confirm the trends identified in “Beyond Traffic,” a USDOT report issued earlier this year, which projects a 43-percent increase in commercial truck shipments and population growth of 70 million by 2045. The report examines the trends and choices facing America’s transportation infrastructure over the next three decades, including a rapidly growing population, increasing freight volume, demographic shifts in rural and urban areas, and a transportation system that is facing more frequent extreme weather events. Increased gridlock nationwide can be expected unless changes are made in the near-term.