Revised Data Shows Vehicle Miles Traveled Increased in 2013

Peak VMT reportedly occurred in 2007, but that may not stand long according to updated DOT estimates of 2013 travel. According to the data, Americans drove nearly three trillion miles. Another finding is the large increase in number of vehicles.
March 1, 2015, 5am PST | Irvin Dawid
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"According to Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) 'Highway Statistics,' an annual compilation of data from state Departments of Transportation, drivers traveled 2.99 trillion miles in 2013, the highest annual total since 2007 and the fourth-highest since such record keeping began in 1936," states the press release.

[As of this writing, the entire FHWA website was inaccessible—hopefully it will be working when this post is published. The press release is accessible via Autoblog. The DOT-FHWA page was available.]

As noted in our January post on mileage data for the month of November 2014, "drivers logged 3.031 trillion miles [in 2007], the most in history. Our September post on estimates revealed "that American driving between July 2013 and June 2014 is at levels not seen since 2008."

The other finding on the number of motor vehicles operating on America's roads and highway in 2013 shows "the number increased to 255.9 million from 253.6 million the previous year, the biggest single-year increase since 2011."

The DOT Office of Public Affairs used the release to plug President Obama's $478 billion GROW AMERICA Act and to call for greater transportation investment.

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Published on Monday, February 23, 2015 in U.S. DOT: Office of Public Affairs
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