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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 29-02

FHWA Releases New Edition of Our Nation's Highways

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the release of Our Nation's Highways - 2000, a biennial publication that contains a broad range of information on the nation's roads and highway users.

"Our Nation's Highways provides valuable information on all aspects of America's highway system in a concise, easy-to-use format," FHWA Administrator Mary E. Peters said. "The report is particularly useful to citizens everywhere who can easily find information in it about highways, funding, commuting trends and other important areas."

The publication contains extensive information, on both a national and a state-by-state basis, of:

  • the number of vehicles and licensed drivers;
  • fuel tax rates and the amount of fuel consumed;
  • highway fatalities; and
  • highway and transportation expenditures.

The publication also contains data from large urbanized areas on the number of highway miles, vehicle miles traveled, and trips per capita. In addition, the publication contains information on commute times and lengths, telecommuting trends, freight transportation, comparisons of travel in the United States to foreign countries, and other data.

The FHWA has issued the publication every other year since 1983. This latest edition contains statistical data to end of calendar year 2000

The report is on the agency's web site at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/index.htm Printed copies of the report are available from the Office of Highway Policy Information, FHWA, Room 3306, 400 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20590. Copies also can be requested via email to Millie.Wilson@fhwa.dot.gov or by calling 202-366-0160.

The FHWA has 2,850 employees and a field office in every state. The FHWA works with the states and with communities across the country to build and maintain the nation's highway system and its intermodal connectors. Through the Federal Lands Highway Program, the agency also works to provide access to national forests, national parks, Indian reservations and other public lands. In addition, the agency works with the U.S. Department of Defense to support the Strategic Highway Network and connectors that serve major military installations.

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