US Driving Tops 3.1 Trillion Miles – DOT
U.S. Driving Tops 3.1 Trillion Miles In 2015, New Federal Data Show
Year-End Estimates Show U.S. Drivers Shattered Record Set in 2007
WASHINGTON – New data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving reached 3.148 trillion miles by the end of 2015, beating the previous record of 3.003 trillion miles in 2007. For a sense of scale, 3.148 trillion miles is roughly the same distance as 337 round trips from Earth to Pluto.
The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report – a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel, show that more than 264.2 billion miles were driven in December alone, highlighting the growing demands facing the nation’s roads and reaffirming the value of the recently enacted “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act, which is investing $305 billion in America’s surface transportation infrastructure – including $226 billion for roads and bridges – over the next five years.