U.S. Driving Up 3.3 Percent In First Half of 2016, New Federal Data Show
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Vehicles in the U.S. traveled a combined 1.58 trillion miles in the first half of 2016, up 3.3 percent as compared with the first six months of 2015 according to data published yesterday by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Nationwide, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in June 2016 was 3.2 percent higher than June of last year, with increases in VMT in nearly every state. Colorado experienced the 14th highest percentage increase in VMT from June 2015 to June 2016, at 3.7 percent. FHWA notes the increase in VMT indicates higher demands on the nation's roadways, which highlights the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure.
The data, published in the monthly "Traffic Volume Trends" report, estimates miles traveled by passenger vehicles, buses, and trucks. To learn more, view the FHWA press release.