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Highway Statistics 2007

Annual Vehicle Distance Traveled in Miles and Related Data - 2007 1/ By Highway Category and Vehicle Type

April 2011
Updated Table VM-1*

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YEAR ITEM LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES SHORT WB 2/ MOTORCYCLES BUSES LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES LONG WB 2/ SINGLE-UNIT TRUCKS 3/ COMBINATION TRUCKS SUBTOTALS ALL MOTOR VEHICLES
ALL LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES /2 SINGLE-UNIT 2-AXLE 6-TIRE OR MORE AND COMBINATION TRUCKS
  Motor-Vehicle Travel: (millions of vehicle-miles)
2007 Interstate Rural 145,445 1,877 1,810 43,057 11,068 53,181 188,502 64,249 256,438
2007 Other Arterial Rural 245,870 5,421 2,284 87,270 19,511 33,108 333,140 52,619 393,465
2007 Other Rural 246,365 2,901 2,113 94,531 19,986 16,991 340,896 36,977 382,887
2007 All Rural 637,680 10,199 6,207 224,859 50,565 103,280 862,539 153,845 1,032,790
2007 Interstate Urban 344,105 2,783 2,089 78,811 16,652 38,877 422,915 55,528 483,315
2007 Other Urban 1,122,631 8,414 6,219 282,949 52,762 42,043 1,405,580 94,805 1,515,019
2007 All Urban 1,466,736 11,197 8,308 361,760 69,414 80,919 1,828,496 150,333 1,998,334
2007 Total Rural and Urban 5/ 2,104,416 21,396 14,516 586,618 119,979 184,199 2,691,034 304,178 3,031,124
2007 Number of motor vehicles registered 2/     196,491,176    7,138,476        834,436      39,186,974        8,116,672         2,635,347 235,678,150 10,752,019 254,403,081
2007 Average miles traveled per vehicle 10,710 2,997 17,396 14,970 14,782 69,896 11,418 28,290 11,915
2007 Person-miles of travel (millions) 4/ 3,324,977 27,173 307,753 1,017,007 119,979 184,199 4,341,984 304,178 4,981,088
2007 Fuel consumed (thousand gallons) 92,033,980 500,887 2,023,117 34,359,144 16,336,205 30,949,335 126,393,124 47,285,540 176,202,668
2007 Average fuel consumption per vehicle (gallons) 468 70 2,425 877 2,013 11,744 536 4,398 693
2007 Average miles traveled per gallon of fuel consumed 22.9 42.7 7.2 17.1 7.3 6.0 21.3 6.4 17.2

* The current update is based on an enhanced methodology implemented in March 2011

1/ The FHWA estimates national trends by using State reported Highway Performance and Monitoring System (HPMS) data, fuel consumption data (MF-21 and MF-27), vehicle registration data (MV-1, MV-9, and MV-10), other data such as the R. L. Polk vehicle data, and a host of modeling techniques. Starting with the 2009 VM-1, an enhanced methodology is used to provide timely indictors on both travel and travel behavior changes.

2/ Light Duty Vehicles Short WB – passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles with a wheelbase (WB) equal to or less than 121 inches. Light Duty Vehicles Long WB - large passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and sport/utility vehicles with wheelbases (WB) larger than 121 inches. All Light Duty Vehicles - passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles regardless of wheelbase.

3/ Single-Unit – single frame trucks that have 2-Axles and at least 6 tires or a gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 10,000 lbs.

4/ Vehicle occupancy is estimated by the FHWA from the 2001 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS); For single unit truck and heavy trucks, 1 motor vehicle miles travelled = 1 person-miles traveled.

5/ VMT data are based on the latest HPMS data available; it may not match previous published results.

The data now on the website for 2000-2006 were estimated using a methodology developed in the late 1990s. FHWA recently developed a new methodology and used it for this year's Highway Statistics. This methodology takes advantage of additional and improved information available beginning in 2007 when states were first required to report motorcycle data – before that time, the reporting was not mandatory and the data were missing for a few states. Also, the new methodology does not rely on data from the national vehicle inventory and use survey which provided critical data for the original methodology but was not collected in 2007 as planned.

In April 2011, FHWA recalculated the 2000-2008 data along with the 2009 data to estimate trends. However, after further review and consideration, the agency determined that it is more reliable to retain the original 2000-2006 estimates because the information available for those years does not fully meet the requirements of the new methodology. Thus, the original 2000-2006 estimates are now used, whereas the 2007-2009 data are still based on the new methodology.

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Updated: 07/12/2012

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