By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
Americans drove slightly less in November 2016 than in the prior month, the latest data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration showed. But while travel on all roads in November totaled 262.2 billion vehicle miles, down from 276.1 billion in October, the total was 4.3 percent, or 10.8 billion vehicle miles, above the 251.5 billion miles driven in November 2015, the data showed.
The highway agency released national vehicle mileage data for October 2016 earlier this month.
Vehicle miles traveled remain on pace for a record in 2016, with cumulative travel on all roads up 3 percent, or 85 billion vehicle miles, from 2015’s tally near 3.1 trillion miles. Final data about 2016 travel should be available in February. The FHWA’s monthly Traffic Volume Trends report is based on hourly traffic count data reported by states, collected at approximately 5,000 continuous traffic counting locations nationwide.